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5/3/10 11:32 P

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I personally think the idea is GREAT. Really, the kids would go to McD's FOR the goodies....and eat the garbage to boot!

I remember the treats in our cereals as a kid. I remember wanting the cereals with the prizes....same with cracker jacks...remember?

I don't think this will necessarily slove the problem, because the parent can STILL BUY THE TOY separately. What they need to do is eliminate them all together!

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"If you want to do something, you'll find a way, if you don't, you'll find an excuse."


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5/3/10 9:17 P

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Yea, joy. Grandchildren can learn a lot from the grandparents. Perhaps they pay a little more attention to the grandparents because they are not around them as often.





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5/3/10 9:06 P

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I think the responsibility lies with the parents. Too many of them never use the word "NO". I will give MacDonalds some credit for allowing the substitution of fruit for fries, and milk for soda. Put it needs pushed more, and kids need to learn from the parents what to eat. My gang gets to go to McD's once in a while, not often. And grandparents, if mom and dad aren't going to teach the right way, and you are around your gk's on a weekly basis, start teaching!


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5/3/10 8:31 P

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I just discovered that there is an article about this on the Daily Blog. I'm still torn on how I believe. I definitely think parents should take the responsibility but, after years in social work, I have seen that too often they don't. What I wish is that we lived in a world where there was more corporate responsibility. Yes, I am leaving on the first train to LaLa land! Seriously, is it really that expensive to make a happy meal healthy? Since they are going to reward children for eating their product and since they market to children who are more interested in the prize than the food, it seems to me that they should be doing what they can to make the product as good as possible. That said, when I think about it I think a boycott might work better than a law because it is about the bottom line.

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5/3/10 8:24 P

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I think another thing too, is when all the fast food places started "Super Sizing" their meals... I know yrs ago they would say "why don't U super size and get more for UR money.. Yup and more fat, sugar and ETC ETC!!

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5/3/10 7:42 P

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I don't think the goverment should get involved. McDonalds should have healthier meals and the parents need to teach the children how to eat healthier before its to late

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5/3/10 7:11 P

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I dont think the government should get involved - way too much big brother. We as parents should be teaching our children the correct foods to eat and everyonce in a while McDonalds is an okay choice. McDonalds should also make sure its foods are better quality.

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5/3/10 6:35 P

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I also agree that the government should get involved. My grandchildren use to like going there for a happy meal, or another fast food place. They are thin kids, and love veggies and SOME fruits. Once in awhile as a treat is great.
I use to be a foster parent, and that is minor considering what some kids eat for a typical meal.
As a weekly (or more meal), the parents should use some commonsense (DUH).

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It is my belief that government, even California, doesn't have the authority to ban foods that are not toxic. Fat, sugar, salt, may not be good for a soul in large amounts, but none can be considered poison.

McDonalds is a fast food restaurant. If one doesn't like the options they offer, avoid that business, go where the options are more agreeable. In USA you have a choice. No one should be permitted to take that choice away.





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I agree. I am dissappointed in McDonalds and a lot of other fast food places.
That is why there is so many over weight children.
Where they give toys where kids want to be.
I won't take my grandkids there to eat. And My children, we went maybe 2 times a year. We never really ate out. To expensive.

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Linda, since you asked for it, where did the parent's responsibility in all this go? I hate to see government get more and more involved in things that should be taught in the home.

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I just read this on another website and am interested in what other grandparents think.

Santa Clara County, near San Francisco, has banned restaurants from including toys with children's meals that fail to meet certain nutritional standards. The county board of supervisors chair says the action will remove "the incentive to choose fatty, sugary foods over healthier options." McDonald's says it is disappointed by the decision. Where do you stand?

Personally I am disappointed in McDonald's for not meeting the standards in the first place! I sure wish I had gotten in the habit of eating better as a child!
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