One mom vs. junk food

One mom vs. junk food

There are 67 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Mar 9, 2008, titled One mom vs. junk food. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Susan Pag n is the mom who took on fast-food giant McDonald's -- and won. The Winter Springs woman complained that McDonald's ads on Seminole's elementary school report cards, which offered free meals for good ...

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Chow

El Paso, TX

#2 Mar 10, 2008
Thank you for your efforts! Our school links Book-it with Pizza Hut and I always throw the coupon away. With childhood obesity on the rise, parents are right to be concerned with how rewards are linked to bad food choices. I even used this example in one of my class lectures to demonstrate consumer empowerment and web activism.

To Mind Your Own Business, are you really suffering? Nothing prevents you from coughing-up $2.90 for a happy meal out of your own pocket if you wish to reward your child with fat, cholesterol and copious amounts of sodium. Don't deride the educated for wanting something better for their children. Listen, you might learn something. Unless of course, you don't mind watching your children waddling to the bus stop and coping with heart disease and diabetes later in life.
GeorgiaGirl

Lansing, KS

#3 Mar 10, 2008
Give me a break! Another NE liberal that thinks she knows whats best for everyone! The problem with fast food is when adults rely on it for the main source of food for their children or for themselves for that matter. But just like good ice cream, candy, or any other indulgence food, having some every now and then won't kill you! If you don't exercise and eat that stuff all the time I agree, you'll pay for it with high cholesterol and blood sugar. But remember McD also has a number of healthier alternatives now. The bottom line is use common sense and aim for balance - but don't tell everyone else how to live their lives!
Rene

Tampa, FL

#5 Mar 10, 2008
I agree with mind your own business. She has no right to make decisions for everyone. I think her choice to reward them with video games is dumb maybe I need to start a protest over that. So sick of self righteous people trying to dictate life for everyone.
William Beem

Satellite Beach, FL

#6 Mar 10, 2008
Wow, look at all the vitriol here. Personally, I think she did a great job and did so in a reasonable manner.
BLANTONA1

Winter Garden, FL

#7 Mar 10, 2008
Chow wrote:
Thank you for your efforts! Our school links Book-it with Pizza Hut and I always throw the coupon away. With childhood obesity on the rise, parents are right to be concerned with how rewards are linked to bad food choices. I even used this example in one of my class lectures to demonstrate consumer empowerment and web activism.
To Mind Your Own Business, are you really suffering? Nothing prevents you from coughing-up $2.90 for a happy meal out of your own pocket if you wish to reward your child with fat, cholesterol and copious amounts of sodium. Don't deride the educated for wanting something better for their children. Listen, you might learn something. Unless of course, you don't mind watching your children waddling to the bus stop and coping with heart disease and diabetes later in life.
You are right, it's not really suffering to spend a couple bucks on a happy meal...by the same token, was it really going to kill you or this woman to throw the ad away? Really, it is up to the parent to decide what to feed their children.

The problem people have with this particular instance is that this woman stated she didn't want to be the "bad guy" and have to argue with her children or hurt their feelings because SHE chose not to allow them to have these foods. So, essentially, she doesn't want to be the parent and set the limits with her children, or after choosing to set those limits doesn't want the hassle of enforcing them.
gofigure

Orlando, FL

#8 Mar 10, 2008
Was the school getting money for the advertising? If so, it seems to me that it hurts the students in the long run. Parents can control what their children eat so in this case the school loses.

“Nakedness reveals itself”

Since: Oct 07

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#10 Mar 10, 2008
Mr Perfect wrote:
I would bet Mom is a fat cow! They are the only ones that get upset over this kinda stuff! They raise the dickens over it then head to Micky D's and order up 2 Bic Macs and a diet soda. And just a little hot fudge sundee for desert. Take it easy on the kids. If they have a good metabolism, Let them tear it up. If they don't give them fruit! Stop complaining and throw your head back into that feeding trough!
Lmao, you read my mind, I was going to ask if mom was a fatty?
Pudbert_Savannah GA

Vandiver, AL

#11 Mar 10, 2008
Mind Your Own Business wrote:
This woman needs to go back to New York where she belongs and quit ruining things for the rest of us. If she didn't want her precious spoiled brat daughters to have junk food then she should have kept it from them. Now thanks to her big New York nose we all suffer.
New York is the only place that would have such an ignorant liberal that thinks she can dictate to everyone else what they should be doing..

How about some parent accountability instead of this little biach trying to make laws to complensate for the lack of parenting. She sounds like the typical no-account idiot that tries to implement laws to force parenting. She needs a kick in the a ss.

“Nakedness reveals itself”

Since: Oct 07

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#12 Mar 10, 2008
BLANTONA1 wrote:
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You are right, it's not really suffering to spend a couple bucks on a happy meal...by the same token, was it really going to kill you or this woman to throw the ad away? Really, it is up to the parent to decide what to feed their children.
The problem people have with this particular instance is that this woman stated she didn't want to be the "bad guy" and have to argue with her children or hurt their feelings because SHE chose not to allow them to have these foods. So, essentially, she doesn't want to be the parent and set the limits with her children, or after choosing to set those limits doesn't want the hassle of enforcing them.
Being a parent sometimes you don't agree with the way other parents choose to raise their children. Thats why a good parent finds a way to over come the obsticles of teaching a child that just b/c sally's mom lets her do that doesn't mean I need to allow you to do that. It was a nice thing the schools were doing for thier students to get them psyched about doing well in school, and only takes one self absorbed person to ruin it all. I hope the schools find a new way to encourage their students.
BLANTONA1

Winter Garden, FL

#13 Mar 10, 2008
Flawless wrote:
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Being a parent sometimes you don't agree with the way other parents choose to raise their children. Thats why a good parent finds a way to over come the obsticles of teaching a child that just b/c sally's mom lets her do that doesn't mean I need to allow you to do that. It was a nice thing the schools were doing for thier students to get them psyched about doing well in school, and only takes one self absorbed person to ruin it all. I hope the schools find a new way to encourage their students.
Couldn't agree with you more. Sad that it only takes one person to ruin it for ALL the kids. My kids looked forward to it simply because they don't get to go often, so it was a treat for them. I'll still take them but it just kinda took away from the sense of excitement for the kids.

Funny thing is while she is trying so hard to do what is right for her kids, I wonder if she has thought about the fact that part of the lesson she just taught her kids is that the person who whines and screams the loudest gets their way.

If this woman has that much trouble telling her kids they can't have a happy meal, imagine what life will be like when they hit their teen years and the real problems start.
Darwin

Somerset, NJ

#14 Mar 10, 2008
It is refreshing to see that the majority of posters here would prefer to exercise their own common sense rather than have some yenta interfering. And don't give us any more crap about childhood obesity. Instead of buying the next video game, go buy your little porker a bicycle, or some roller blades. After you do that, then see to it that he/she USES it. I am sick and tired of people not taking responsibility for their own actions- this woman is another example of the 'blame everyone else' mentality.

“Nakedness reveals itself”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#17 Mar 10, 2008
BLANTONA1 wrote:
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Couldn't agree with you more. Sad that it only takes one person to ruin it for ALL the kids. My kids looked forward to it simply because they don't get to go often, so it was a treat for them. I'll still take them but it just kinda took away from the sense of excitement for the kids.
Funny thing is while she is trying so hard to do what is right for her kids, I wonder if she has thought about the fact that part of the lesson she just taught her kids is that the person who whines and screams the loudest gets their way.
If this woman has that much trouble telling her kids they can't have a happy meal, imagine what life will be like when they hit their teen years and the real problems start.
Exactly!! These parents want society to raise their children b/c they don't know how. And they cry when they feel like big brother is trying to control us.
BLANTONA1

Winter Garden, FL

#18 Mar 10, 2008
Gotch Ya wrote:
Dont worry the taxpayer will have to pay for the little piglets healthcare when they become adults.
ABSOLUTELY....our childhood obesity problems wouldn't have anything to do with the junk food mom feeds them EVERY day, mom's lack of education regarding nutrition, lack of exercise because the video games and tv's are the babysitter or the lack of exercise and poor nutrition examples set by adults in these children's lives,...nope those 3-4 happy meals each YEAR really catch up with you.
HLG

Port Orange, FL

#19 Mar 10, 2008
At my daughters school, we have a school fundraiser, if you will. The 1st Thursday of every month, at McDonalds. Our school get 20% of all $ in that 4 hour time frame. I think it is a great idea! Do you have to take your children there? NO! I do. My daughters eat what they want when they want. They are very ACTIVE! That is the key here. Common sense... if all you eat is fast food and watch tv all day, you are going to get fat. I don't make my children eat anything they don't want to and if all they will eat for dinner is a cookie, then so be it. I don't worry about their weight because we are always outside playing. Sounds like mom uses tv as a babysitter too much!
Gerri

Oviedo, FL

#20 Mar 10, 2008
Way to go mom! I really think that what children eat is a bigger issue than people think. My parents were fast food worshipers and I really have paid the price. I am 50 lbs overweight, and find it extremely difficult to eat healthy. I have lost weight recently, but changing my diet and way of thinking has taken a lot! When you are used to a way of eating for 17 years, it is hard to change. I think that the damage is more than people think.

I applaud you! Good luck in your campaign for change, and thank you for bringing this to the attention of the nation.

“Nakedness reveals itself”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#21 Mar 10, 2008
HLG wrote:
At my daughters school, we have a school fundraiser, if you will. The 1st Thursday of every month, at McDonalds. Our school get 20% of all $ in that 4 hour time frame. I think it is a great idea! Do you have to take your children there? NO! I do. My daughters eat what they want when they want. They are very ACTIVE! That is the key here. Common sense... if all you eat is fast food and watch tv all day, you are going to get fat. I don't make my children eat anything they don't want to and if all they will eat for dinner is a cookie, then so be it. I don't worry about their weight because we are always outside playing. Sounds like mom uses tv as a babysitter too much!
I'm not sure I agree with you 100% I do believe that parents need to watch what their children eat. But an occassional unhealthy meal isn't so bad. And the decision should also be at the discretion of the parent, not some fatty that thinks she should decide what everybody elses child should be eating. Staying active and in shape is very important as well.

“Nakedness reveals itself”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#22 Mar 10, 2008
Gerri wrote:
Way to go mom! I really think that what children eat is a bigger issue than people think. My parents were fast food worshipers and I really have paid the price. I am 50 lbs overweight, and find it extremely difficult to eat healthy. I have lost weight recently, but changing my diet and way of thinking has taken a lot! When you are used to a way of eating for 17 years, it is hard to change. I think that the damage is more than people think.
I applaud you! Good luck in your campaign for change, and thank you for bringing this to the attention of the nation.
you're issue is with the way you were raised!!
Mother of 2

AOL

#23 Mar 10, 2008
The company that I work for is a "Partner in Education" in the state of Florida. We do the same thing with offering incentives for the children to get good grades. Of course I am giving the opportunity to come play at our Amusement Park and not food, but all the same a little carrot goes along way, just ask the teachers.

As for my own children, I detest every month the fund raisers that the schools participate in for the Heart Assoc, Diabetes Assoc and so on and so forth, the list goes on and on. I ask what do any of these organizations have the first thing to do with education other than the exploitation of America's school children. Until these fundraisers go towards the schools and helping fund the short falls of our systems, I refuse to allow my children to participate. So do I now have the right to get all of these parasite organizations out of our schools because I can't stand the fight that my kids give me everytime because they can't understand the concept of exploitation, all they want are the cool (cheap) prizes that they can win if they raise the most money? And this lady has a problem with McDonald's! See, we all have an opinion.
Florida Lover

Winter Garden, FL

#24 Mar 10, 2008
Mom needs to mind her own business! I raised two great kids who are not overweight 33 and 35. I taught them good eating habits without trying to get into other peoples lives. Maybe one family needed a discount to take their kids out for a special treat. You are not GOD to us all so mind your own business and learn to teach you own kids how to eat healthy!!!!

I am not a lover of McDonalds but I am not in charge of other peoples lives!!!!!!!!!!
Mother of 2

AOL

#25 Mar 10, 2008
And has anyone seen lately what kind of GARBAGE they are feeding our children for lunch? And this lady complains about McDonald's! If you are concerned about your childs diet you certainly would never allow them to eat the school food anymore. I mean, since when did naucho chips and fake processed cheese spread become an acceptable entree? Once a month or so they have a chef salad and my 10 year old tells me that alot of the kids choose this really enjoy it. So my question is, why can't a salad be a daily alternative in the cafeteria like it was when I was in school.

If parents really paid attention they would realize that the unhealthiest part of thier childrens day is spent eating at school! Be thankful if your child is in a school system that still cares and actually employs a nutritionist!

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