Friday, June 24, 2011

Fat Ronald

You know, if McDonalds is going to continue to use Ronald McDonald as a spokesperson, then I think they should update him to this:

After all, this image, by Ron English, better represents what McDonalds' food is all about.   Maybe there should be public service announcements with with Fat Ronald eating a Whopper and saying "eat this, and you could look like me." 

Frankly, I never saw the appeal of McDonalds food.  I can honestly say that I haven't eaten in one since I was a teen-ager.  I just never liked the food (one of the benefits to being a picky eater.)  I'd go with my friends and just sit there sipping a diet soda (bad habit, I know, but I eventually broke that one). 

As an adult, I've driven a hard line with my kids.  I've never taken them to eat in a McDonalds (or Burger King), and although they've gone on occasion with friends or sitters, they know better than to ask me or their Dad to take them there. 

The funny thing about not taking your kids to McDonalds is that there are a lot of people who seem to feel that its somewhat akin to child abuse.  

I've had numerous discussions with people who try to impress on me that I am somehow denying my children some kind of fundamental aspect of kid-dom by not hauling them to McDonalds and teaching them to eat grease-laden, sodium-drenched food remnants. 

Believe me they've had happy and content child-hoods despite the lack of Happy Meals (and don't get me started on those land-fill filling toys--how many billions of years will that Spider-man action figure be sitting in a landfill?).

Besides, what of the billions of children who grew up before McDonalds existed?   Did they somehow or another have unfulfilled childhoods?   McDonalds actually never came to my town until I was a teen-ager, so does that mean that all the kids growing up in Suburban New Jersey in the 1960's were deprived?

I've always preached that if you want to lose weight and keep it off, then you need to bring your whole family along in the journey.  

No man is an island, and if you want to eat healthy, unprocessed nutritious food, your whole family has to eat that way.   You can't eat healthy if you have a kitchenful of Cheetos, Doritos, Chips-a-Hoy and Lunchables--even if it's "just for the kids."

You know what?? Not only should you not be eating that crap, your kids shouldn't be either.  

And, restaurant options can't include anything with a drive-thru window.  



  1. Have you seen the movie "Fathead" by Tom Naughton? I don't particularly care for McDonald's either, but I don't necessarily think it's the evil empire it's been made out to be. Here's the link:

  2. OMG-We share the same values on this one. I will take it one step further. The ICE CREAM TRUCK. I got so much criticism from my neighbors because my kids were not allowed to respond to the slave bell as he slowly crept up my block like a pedophile on wheels. His musical wheels would entrance all of the kids and it made them zombies from the moment it turned the corner until the moment it left.

    Believe me they treated me like I was the anti-christ because I did not allow my kids to eat ice cream from that germ laden, fat master on wheels.

    My kids are 22 and 17 and I can assure you they are just fine, nor do they feel deprived.

  3. Losing Weight after 45 is a bitchJune 27, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    WorkinProgress, I'm with you on the ice cream truck. It's just a bit too Pavlovian for me. Here's another example, right next door to my daughter's dance studio is an ice cream parlor. I would say the majority of parents head over to that ice cream parlor after every dance class. I don't want to set the precedent for my daughter that doing a bit of exercise entitles you to gorge, so I've once again taken the hard line stance that we never go for ice cream after dance.