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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

What has happened to fast food?

Okay, am I the only one that is kind of put out by fast food places putting out "healthy choices" in their kids' meals?

I realize that the intentions may seem well. After all, it is better for kids to have milk with their meals instead of a soda or milkshake. And there's nothing wrong with choosing apple slices or yogurt instead of french fries.

Still, these are fast food places, people. It's SUPPOSED to be junk food! The United States may be the world's fattest country, but it isn't because of fast food alone. No, it's because people choose to eat at fast food places so much instead of once in a while!

And the reason why there are shows like Honey, We're Killing the Kids is because parents let their children eat whatever they want! More likely, it's because they're too busy to cook a meal themselves rather than just picking up something from McDonalds.

What really annoys me is that these "healthy choices" options are nothing that you can't already have at home. Is there any point to buying your kids yogurt and apple slices from Wendy's when they can just as easily have it at home (if you buy it at the grocery store)? All it does is cost you extra money! It's ridiculous!

If you want your kids to eat healthy, simply don't pick up fast food that often! I realize that in this day in age, you can't really cook your kids a healthy meal because you're so busy at work. I would recommend making a meal plan so that you don't have to do take-out every night. Take them to a fast food every once in a while, perhaps as a reward. But don't make fast food places change. If you're concerned about your health, you don't have to buy your food from there. Fast food places should stay the way they are; it's people that need to change.

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