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70 Responses to Happy Meal Infographic [Pic]

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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    March 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm
    Link: Happy Meal Infographic - Look, potatoes aren`t vegetables anymore!
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm
    NEWS FLASH! kids cant buy their own food.

    also, toy `r us doesnt give away toys they sell them.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    happy meals are bad is my guess
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    Ant0n Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm
    Ooooorrrrrrrrrrrr.....simply don`t take your kids to fast food restaurants???

    I know, that`s just a crazy thought...
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    faaaaq Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    Stopped reading after the part where it says a study showed sugar is as harmful as tobacco and alcohol. BULLpoo. Go eat a bran dick
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm
    What a load of crap.

    It`s not McDonalds` fault that your country`s fat.
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    PizzaPits Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    Hey if people didn`t want their kids to get fat, then maybe they shouldn`t buy them McDonalds! Don`t blame McDonalds for childhood obesity. People with minds of their own can easily choose healthier alternatives to fast food for themselves and their children. So what if McDonalds sells fat filled unhealthy food? Take responsibility for your self and your children and don`t eat there. You can`t blame obesity on those who sell unhealthy foods since you SHOULD have a mind of your own and no one`s forcing you to buy it.
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    optix_reverb Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    Nice citation of sources, most of these posts seem to neglect the facts that back up the claims.
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    myrtheus Male 30-39
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm
    If the kid is obese and has diabetes... parent`s fault for overfeeding McDonalds. I laugh every time I hear about a parent sueing a restaurant for making their kid fat. I also find it sad that these cases make it to court.
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    syke22 Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:39 pm
    The government should obviously regulate what we feed our kids, not the parents.
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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm
    Everybody`s got their panties in a bunch over the childhood obesity epidemic, so we`re seeing all sorts of legislation and poo to try to fix it. Here`s an idea: STOP EATING LIKE A FATTY AND GO OUTSIDE ONCE IN AWHILE.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm
    Naw, it`s easier to take your kid therre, THEN SUE! For making your kid fat.
    Lawsuits = fun!
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    NightHack Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm
    I used to work at Wendy`s back in the day, and there were some parents who brought their kids there for lunch every Saturday. Some brought their kids several times per week. I was always disgusted by it - why would you do that to your kid? Not only are you making them fat, which means they`ll be bullied growing up, but you`re teaching them how to be unhealthy and starting them on a path toward obesity and diabetes. I get that the kids like the junk food but should they really be eating it as a staple of their diet?
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm
    I don`t understand the complaint about restaurants marketing to kids. Do your kids have full time jobs? Do they get paychecks every week, drive to the restaurant, order the food, and pay for it? No? Then don`t buy it for them and it`s not a problem. You`re the adult.
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    Bremir Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    NightHack - Personally, I`d say you lost the right to ***** about that when you said you worked at this fast food restaurant.
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    supersassyk8 Female 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm
    Zombunny is 100% right. I was about to wright the same thing.

    And if I hear "But as a parent I feel pressured to take them"

    To that I say "get a grip, you`re being bullied by a small child. Don`t take that poo from them."
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
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    March 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    one 518 cal meal every day will not make you fat.
    three 518 cal meal every day will make you lose weight.
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    tsheriff Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm
    but phuck fruit if i decide to get my kid a happy meal its cause he likes mcdonalds not healthy stuff and its not like he eats there all the time
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm
    YAY!! More regulations just what the peoples rebublic of California needs!!! Mabey when we have no more choices we can look at the parents for responsibility.


    Yes fat people are so terrible they`ve cause all the worlds problem when will the queen mandate the burning of them in ovens for energy!! FOR DA QUEENZ!!!
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    Xerasia Female 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm
    sooo... don`t let your kids eat there? is this really so hard? i have 3 kids and although yes, mcd`s is convenient, it`s also not that hard to plan ahead, or make a quick meal once i get home.
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    mikebrady05 Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    YEAH!!! Lets blame mcdonalds instead of the parents who take there 8 year olds there whenever they want and then let them sit inside playing video games instead of going outside to play with friends!! Blaming other people for your mistakes is fun!!!
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    EmmVee Female 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm
    "She alleged that McDonald`s toys circumvent `parental control and teach children unhealthy eating.`" Um... so... you DON`T drive your six-year-old to McDonald`s?
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    LillianDulci Female 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    I haven`t had McDonald`s in at least 5 years :S It`s so gross. I`m fine with parents taking their kids every once in a while, but so many parents take their kids too frequently.

    As for the potatoes aren`t vegetables thing. McDonald`s french fries are hardly potatoes...
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    I-IS-BORED Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    "They basic idea behind the meal has stayed the same..."
    Nice, way to screw up in the 2nd sentence.

    Obesity is judged by the BMI, a system that was designed to NOT measure obesity.
    So McD`s manages to get kids to like their product? OH NO!
    Does the Happy Meal contain 0 saturated fats? Why is it missing? Parents make irresponsible choices? Why are we blaming McD`s for this?
    They manage to market their product to the target audience? GASP! This doesn`t teach children ANYTHING, it only makes them think they want it, it`s YOUR responsibility to TEACH them.
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    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm
    It`s quite an achievement in human history that more people are dying in our society from abundance rather than starving to death.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm
    Wow. That was long, and dull.

    I disagree that McDonalds should be forced to change because children are becoming obese.

    First off, that`s kind of what you would expect.
    Second, people can choose not to eat at McDonalds.
    Third, and most importantly, you can`t make a sweeping ban on something because it does indirect harm to people foolish enough to buy into it. It`s a slippery slope argument, and with it I could shut down a third of all existing businesses that happen to be either useless, redundant or harmful to the dumbasses that use them. One of the principles of your country is such economic freedoms, which I disagree with.

    If you`re looking for someone to blame for your spherical offspring, look in a mirror.
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    earthshone Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    sounds like were shifting the responsibility here a bit, eh?
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    March 2, 2012 at 5:28 pm
    Here`s an idea. How about you stop bringing your kids to fast food restaurants all together, get up off your lazy ass, and make wholesome,nutritious meals for your little ones? It`s not that hard to do. I haven`t been to a fast food place in over the last 3 months.Why, you ask? Because it`s too damn expensive, and obviously not good for you. My kid pisses and moans about it. Too damn bad.
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    Zieveraar Male 30-39
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    March 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm
    Pathetic really, many have already pointed it out. People take their kids to Mac`s, nobody is forcing them to do anything.

    It`s fun to do this once in a while, but kids won`t die if they don`t go every week.

    A Happy Meal will not make anyone fat, it`s a heck of a lot more complicated than that.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I stopped reading because the first statistic is wrong.
    "Childhood obecity has more than tripled. from 7% to 20%" 20% is less than tripled, not more than.
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    trudenter Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm
    The only time I remember getting mcdonalds when I was younger, was when I was going on a road trip (over 5 hours). and we only made that trip about once or twice a year, do people really bring their kids to fast food places that often???
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    angle1700 Male 50-59
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    March 2, 2012 at 7:28 pm
    Ok, I grew up in the 60`s and my mom cooked with bacon grease, we ate fried chicken, hamburgers and lots of bacon.. We were not fat cause we went outside and played all day instead of sitting on our asses playing video games. Mind you, I did have have a heart attack at 40, but I think that was due to smoking for 25 years.

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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    marketing meals to children

    stopped reading there. if you`ve ever taken a kid to a restaurant, you know they aren`t marketing food to the kids. they market a toy, or have a play area for the kids, the kids don`t really care about eating the food.

    if we let kids choose their own food every meal, they would be eating pizza and spaghetti 24/7
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    March 2, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    Childhood obesity is a parenting fail.
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm
    Thank you angle. That`s the REAL problem. Parents don`t let their kids out of their sight anymore. You could go to jail for letting your kid walk around the neighborhood alone. Also, most fun exercise is risky and kids will get hurt doing it. Parents refuse to take that risk and don`t let their kids move in any significant way because of the fear of injury.
    It`s a truly paranoid time we live in.
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    chrn368 Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 8:40 pm
    The obesity rate in children (and in general) hasn`t increased because of Mcdonalds. 30 years ago you know what food manufacturers started doing? They started using high fructose corn syrup in EVERYTHING to flavor things instead of cane sugar or no sugar, because it was cheaper to produce. High fructose corn syrup is a chemical. The human body doesn`t know how to break it down, so when you eat too much of it (which is virtually impossible these days) your body turns it into fat. High fructose corn syrup has also been proven to be addictive (probably another reason food manufacturers put it in everything). This combined with a lack of exercise (but mostly the fake sugar) is why people 30 years later are obese.
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    faustusflux Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm
    I hate how american restaurants think they can get away with selling actual food to children. I`ve sent petitions to every senator, I will not be happy until every happy meal contains ONLY a small packet of carrot shavings and a turkey baster of gatorade.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm
    I hate these food nazis. It`s not the damn food making kids fat, It`s the video games, texting on smart phones, 24/7 cartoons on TV and lazy parents that are making kids fat.

    The reason kids weren`t so fat before the 80s is because they played outside. The highlight of our school day was recess. We burned off most of that energy and fat, even from bad diets, running, bicycling, playing sports, etc...
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm
    chrn368: You know what else started being used in the 1980s ? Aspartame, there is some credible evidence, from recent studies, that diet sodas using Aspartame/Nutrisweet adversely effects insulin production and maybe responsible for some of the rise in obesity, but also diabetes. Link

    If you can find it and need to use a sugar substitute, try Stevia, I`ve been using it in my Tea for years. It has zero glycemic index and zero calories and it`s a natural sweetener, not an artificial one.
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    March 2, 2012 at 10:18 pm
    What Debby flucking Downer put this crappy graphic together?
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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    March 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm
    typo in the second line, cant take this seriously...
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 2, 2012 at 11:12 pm
    Maccas in AUS we already have fruit in the happy meals and can have juice instead of coke
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    g3n3r1k Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 12:23 am
    i stopped taking it serious when the pictogram for what the happy meal offered showed "cups of fruit" and "cups of vegetables". sounds like someones trying to be bias.
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    wickedsngr Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 1:08 am
    @g3n3r1k- It was saying that happy meals DON`T include those things... maybe you should have kept reading, instead of jumping down to the comments section to bitch about it. Sounds like someone is trying to be biased*.
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    tripout420 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 2:18 am
    It`s the parents` fault. Cook food for your kids. Stop being lazy. And when they whine and beg for some fast food, just tell them NO. Stop being push overs.
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    tedgp Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2012 at 2:20 am
    Theres a LOT of misinformation in that infographic.
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    MentalJargon Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 2:24 am
    All just looks like pooty parenting to me.
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    Fleaman1797 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 2:59 am
    This site is becoming one big Reddit Repost. Full of hippie bullpoo.
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    NILE12 Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 3:32 am
    spellcheck imo
    btw i dont give a poo about mcdonalds, their food tastes like poo
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    March 3, 2012 at 5:00 am
    It`s no surprize at all that McDonalds gives out more toys per year than Toys-R-Us. I don`t think Toys-R-Us every GIVES away toys!
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    MechBFP Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 6:43 am
    Kids only get fat if you feed them more calories in a day than their body needs. These meals are only 510 calories, which isn`t very much at all for a fast food item. Sure it isn`t a very nutritious item I will definitely give you that but that doesn`t make the kid fat. You feeding your kid pizza, pop, and donuts on top of a happpy meal is what makes them fat. Take some responsibility for your own terrible parenting skills first because even if they banned happy meals your kid would still be fat because than you would just feed them other crap to make up for it.
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
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    March 3, 2012 at 7:26 am
    Ha! You can`t even trust the food you buy to prepare at home from a supermarket. Watch FOOD INC.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 10:29 am
    I loathe Mcdonald`s.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2012 at 10:39 am
    The #1 culprit for childhood obesity in the USA, in my opinion, is the prevalence of the idea that giving your children 100% natural fruit juice (or worse: sugar water drinks masquerading as juice) *ad libitum* is a great thing to do.

    Fruit juice has generally had all the fiber removed. It is high-calorie and full of sugar (fructose if real juice, HFCS if not).

    Have you ever seen the fruit juice glasses used by our grandparents? You know, the generation that won the Second World War and were in generally far trimmer shape than we are today? They understood that drinking fruit juice is akin to having candy and their juice glasses were about the capacity of two or three shot glasses. They`d have a large "shot" of OJ with breakfast (to boost the blood sugar levels quickly) and that was usually it for the day.

    Today, every toddler I see seems to be biologically connected with a juice box.

    (cont`d next post)
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Eating fruit in its whole form is healthy and should be encouraged. Drinking fruit juice by itself is unhealthy and should be eliminated from children`s diets or discouraged. And absolutely *no one*, excepting marathon runners, should have sugar water drinks on their shopping lists.

    ~Squrlz steps off soapbox~
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2012 at 10:50 am
    I thought I was done, but I`m not. LOL. (Clearly, this topic is a hot button for me.)

    Here`s a great example of the kind of crap product and crap marketing that helped turn an entire generation of young Americans into lard-butts. (Link)
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    Sathon Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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    Finker Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm
    Why are all these kids being allowed to go into the restaurants on their own and buy their food?
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm
    Child obesity, blah blah blah
    3 Billion in sales, blah blah blah

    Parents, don`t take your kids to McDonald`s! Besides, all those kids are going to grow up to be comedians anyway. Don`t fat kids always endup the Class Clown?
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    GreyYes Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    mcdonalds is some nasty crap. actual `meals` tastes like poo, only go there for cheap drinks/icecream.

    if people dont want their kids to be fat and under mcd`s spell then dont take them there in the first place!
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    Viking864 Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm
    Well obvisouly we parents can`t be responsible for allowing our kids to eat there. This has made me mad enough to take away the car keys from my 6 year old!
  62. Profile photo of CrakrJak
    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    March 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm
    Squrlz: Kids in the 80s had all those sugary drinks as well, but we played outside, ran, rode our bicycles, played games, etc...

    Whatever sugar we ingested was exercised out of us through outside play. Kids today don`t play outside enough, either because of their parents fear of pedos or their laziness to make them go outside and play and watch them.
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    Dad4Life Male 50-59
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    March 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm
    I hate these a55holes that blame one company for all the world`s ills. Frugal dad can suck my a55.
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    ilurk Female 18-29
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    March 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm
    Whatever. If I buy my son a happy meal it is because I BOUGHT it. He didn`t. I eat fast food about two-three times a week and I`m not fat by any means. Fast food is not the enemy, it`s fat lazy drats.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    March 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm
    McDonald`s french fries are hardly potatoes...
    Truth there @LillianDulci! They`re processed potato-like fried... thingies!

    It`s quite an achievement in human history that more people are dying in our society from abundance rather than starving to death.
    @xiquiripat: profound! And true too!

    for your spherical offspring...
    LMAO! @LazyMe! Oh that was great!
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    Enomai Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2012 at 7:02 am
    Only in America can someone accuse advertising of "circumventing parental control" and not be laughed at.
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    tatripp Male 18-29
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    March 4, 2012 at 12:45 pm
    I`m calling bs
    French Fries are vegetables
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    Zymotical Male 18-29
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    March 5, 2012 at 10:42 am
    Got as far as "They basic idea..." Realized they can`t proofread and therefore is not worth the time.
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    shaustin Male 18-29
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    March 8, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    grr if education system worked in the first place parents would actually realize what theyre putting into their kids bodies

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