McDonald's has become the whipping boy for people who are complaining about the childhood obesity epidemic. They have been sued for making kids fat, misleading nutritional claims and most recently for including toys in their Happy Meals that make kids want to eat unhealthy food. A California judge threw out the most recent lawsuit several days ago.
When are parents going to accept responsibility for their actions? Are parents going to sue candy manufacturers because sugar from candy can cause children to get cavities and gain weight? Parents seem to want to place the blame on everyone else instead of taking a look in the mirror.
Did McDonald's employees come to your house with guns and hold you at gun point while they force fed your child a Happy Meal? Hell no! You took your child to McDonald's, ordered his/her favorite Happy Meal, pulled out your wallet, paid the cashier and you handed your child this meal that you deem unhealthy. You may have even watched your child eat the meal. You, the parent of this child did all of these things on your own with only your child asking and you want to sue McDonald's! WTF! McDonald's should sue the plaintiffs for their legal fees for such a frivolous lawsuit.
As a parent, you have control over most, if not all of your child's food intake. You decide how and when you spend your money. If parents cave into their child's every whim for fast food and junk food, then they are responsible for their child being overweight. You can't blame the companies that make the food that you deem unhealthy if you make the choice to buy it.
Parents are responsible for the food that they purchase for their child. Every time you are at the grocery store check out and you purchase a candy bar or a bag of chips, think about your responsibility. When you order pizza instead of cooking a healthy meal, think about your responsibility. Parents have a choice and they choose not to make it because they don't want to make their child unhappy. Part of being a parent is making tough choices when it comes to your child's well being. If you can't tell your child that he/she can't have an unhealthy meal, what are you going to do when real issues arise?
What would happen if certain businesses or agencies wanted to sue or punish parents for failing to properly parent their children? Suppose the insurance companies started to pay claims related to weight issues at a lower rate if they knew that the child had an unhealthy diet? What if our schools made parents sit in detention when their child misbehaved in school? Suppose parents were given jail time if their child was a juvenile delinquent? Turn around is fair play. If parents continue to file frivolous lawsuits against businesses for things that they are responsible for, eventually someone is going to fight back.
Childhood obesity is a serious issue that needs to be addressed. If you buy your child a Happy Meal, he/she won't be overweight due to the occasional indulgence. There is plenty of blame and finger pointing to go around, it just needs to be pointed in the right direction.
Weakness as a parent is not a reason to sue McDonald's or any other company.