I wasn't going to make a statement about the whole Banning Happy Meals issue. Because you KNOW I wouldn't support that even if they gave me free fries for life.
First of all, I love McDonald's. Worked there for a summer in college -- had a blast. I grew up very near Hamburger U & believe me, I support their corporate culture.
Also, anyone who thinks Happy Meals promote childhood obesity has obviously never sat near a kid with a Happy Meal.
A few weeks ago, we went to the beach. (We live in South Texas and the beach in November is AWESOME!). Afterwards, we picked up lunch. A Quarter Pound of yummy for me, Greg & Joe (with fries and a real coke. MMMMMM), happy meals for the littles. Quality family time. With fries. But we were at the beach first. Running, swimming and playing. Very active.
Here is an example of my end of the conversation:
Me: Look, a Bakugan Toy! Good. Let's put it away until after lunch.
Me: I said AFTER lunch.
Me: I will throw that damn thing in the trash if you don't take a bite of your sandwich right now.
Me: Just eat three fries.
Me: Drink the milk first.
Me. You asked for the nuggets, now eat them.
Me: He gets the cheeseburger because he asked for it. You asked for chicken, now eat it.
Me: No -- he cannot have your cheeseburger. Eat it.
Me: You don't have to eat all the fries. Just a few.
Me: I will eat the rest of the fries. Don't worry. Just take a few bites of chicken.
Me: Can't you eat the whole nugget?
Me: I told you AFTER lunch. You have to eat it. You can't just wait until we're done.
Me: Fine. But if you're hungry later, too bad.
See, kids don't eat Happy Meals. Some moms (like me) finish Happy Meals. So Happy Meals do not promote childhood obesity. They just make moms fatter.
THIS is what kids want to do with Happy Meals.
I rest my case.