groverat, I'm not throwing any stones or living in a glass house. This is just one of those things that you - and others - are, unfortunately, on the wrong side of.
McDonald's could, in theory, advertise Big Macs covered in milk chocolate and give packets of pure sugar with each purchase of a large fry.
People should be smart and level-headed enough to see through or - for health and safety reasons - resist such silliness. Now that's a goofy example, I know, because McDonald's doesn't sell chocolate-dipped burgers (not yet), but it still is up to people to do their part.
Children can't drive themselves and pay for their own food. And there certainly isn't a Ronald McDonald Tactical Brigade running around, abducting families and dragging them over to the nearest McDonald's and forcing them to eat this stuff.
Everyone could wake up tomorrow and go "that's it...I hate that food, it's bad for me, I've been putting on some weight, I'm spending too much money, etc." (pick one) and the problem would wind down and take care of itself.
But you can't stop people from doing what they want and you can't ding the place that's there giving people what they come in to get.
I'd TOTALLY see your side of it if, for the past 40 years, McDonald's had cultivated a repuation (via marketing, commercials, etc.) of healthy, low-fat, "smart" fast food and then BAM...we just found out last week that "oh man, they've lied all these years! They've been serving greasy, fat-laden junk!".
I'd be right there with you, brother man.
But that's not the case.
McDonald's can advertise how they want (I guess, within legal boundaries or whatever) and people can choose to go there and eat or not.
I just think it's a very, very simple, black-and-white issue. No one is "addicted", no one is forced to eat there, there are always alternatives (a nice can of Campbell's soup and a turkey sandwich is my favorite kind of lunch these days).
I could watch McDonald's advertising from today until this time next year, non-stop, and it's still not going to erase or overcome the fact that I know that I shouldn't eat that kind of stuff all the time.
If a simple, no-frills doofus like myself can figure that out and live my life accordingly, why couldn't others?
Why is McDonald's at fault or on shaky ground? McDonald's (and all the other fast food places) would not even exist if people didn't like them and go to them.
I just simply cannot buy that people can be born, grown up and not know - via watching others, the news, school programs, reading, putting 2 and 2 together, etc. that a life based on eating this stuff on a constant, frequent basis is not going to result in some unfortunate results down the road, be it physical or health-related.
It's up to people.
I don't need to get saucy and pull up goofy nutritional info and make fun of it to state all of this, so I'm not living in a glass house when I spoke about your tactics earlier.
I think I'm making a lot of sense without going that route.
Some times in life, common sense and acting responsibly simply trumps everything else. Despite how convoluted and funky many want to try and make certain issues.
And this is one of them.
You and everyone in your family never have to eat a bit of this type of food for the rest of your lives if you don't want to.
Whatever you might think about their advertising, McDonald's isn't physically pulling them in to their places and shoving this unhealthy food into them.
This is like the smoking thing. Lawyers and academics and people who live for arguing/debating go and over-complicate something that most of us have figured out on our own a long time ago: if you light something on fire, stick it in your mouth and suck on the smoke (and God knows what else) it produces, that can't POSSIBLY be a good, healthy thing to do.
Same with this, in my opinion.
Unless you were literally raised in a cave until last Tuesday, how can you NOT know certain things should only be done in moderation (if at all).
It's no one's fault except the person who willingly goes into, orders, pays for and consumes this food over and over again and winds up fat (or with other medical/health issues).