Wednesday, September 11, 2013

McDonald's Smackdown

It doesn’t get any better than this. In one corner was heavyweight Don Thompson, the CEO of McDonald’s, one of the world’s most ubiquitous and powerful corporations. In the other corner was lightweight 9-year old Hannah Robertson, whose mother is a kid’s nutritional activist. This match took place at the recent McDonald’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Oak Park, Ill.

It wasn’t even close. Hannah delivered the knockout punch in the first round. During the question and answer session she said: “I don’t think it’s fair when big companies try to trick kids into eating food. It isn’t fair that so many kids my age are getting sick”. Ouch—talk about being outed by a kid!

I recently reviewed the menu at McDonald’s. The only “healthy” options were apple slices and salads, but these choices were marred by dressings and sauces loaded with toxic sugar. In my opinion there is nothing—nada, zilch, zippo, zero–that is safe to eat at MacDonald’s. This has been evident to me since one of the first MacDonald’s in the state opened up near our high school in St. Louis Park Minnesota in the 60’s. Back then we thought it was cool. Now I see it as truly tragic.

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