Entries in Childhood Obesity (3)


McDonald's Stands Behind Its Clown

Ben Hider/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Don't mess with Ronald McDonald.

That was the message Thursday from the fast food chain's chief executive Don Thompson, who defended his company from attacks by the watchdog group, Corporate Accountability International, before a shareholders’ meeting.

Lately, CAI has been demanding that McDonald's assess whether its attempts to add more nutritious items to its menu is working. Two years ago, the group wanted the company to retire its mascot, Ronald McDonald, claiming it was a blatant marketing scheme targeting kids.

Whether it's true or not, the clown is still around and Thompson says he's here to stay, telling shareholders, "We are not the cause of obesity. Ronald is not a bad guy. He's about fun. He's a clown. I'd urge you all to let your kids have fun, too."

While Thompson insists McDonald's is offering more healthy choices to the menu, the real concern of shareholders is the company's declining sales.

As a result, Thompson says pricier items, such as the Angus burger, are getting axed, and more selections will be added to the Dollar Menu.

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McDonald's CEO Says Company's Mascot 'Is Going Nowhere'

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(OAK BROOK, Ill.) -- The head of McDonald's responded to charges Thursday that the fast food chain's mascot gets kids hooked on junk food.

After 48 years of pitching burgers, health care professionals have charged that Ronald McDonald is encouraging unhealthy eating habits.

A day after an activist group put out an ad calling for the clown to be retired, the company's CEO, Jim Skinner, declared, "Ronald McDonald is going nowhere." 

Speaking at the company's annual shareholder meeting, Skinner said there's been an outpouring of support from parents and customers asking him to "defend their right to choose."

Shareholders also rejected a proposal for McDonald's to come out with a report showing how the company's practices factors into childhood obesity.

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PepsiCo Not Pulling Cap'n Crunch Cereal Off Store Shelves

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(PURCHASE, N.Y.) -- Contrary to what's been reported in the media, one of the most beloved sailors of all time isn't mooring his ship for good.

Yes, Cap'n Crunch lives to sail another day.

There have been stories lately that PespiCo., the parent company of Quaker, had considered taking the sugar-loaded cereal off supermarket shelves because of America's battle with childhood obesity.

Yet, Cap'n Horatio Magellan Crunch on his own newly-created Twitter account dispelled the rumors Thursday.

In a tweet, Crunch wrote, "I'm hearing the rumors. I would never retire. I love being a captain too much!"

PepsiCo. hasn't said whether it will try to make the cereal more nutritious.  On the Cap'n Crunch website, it's described as a breakfast food with "grains, an excellent source of seven essential vitamins, is low in fat, cholesterol-free, has 0 grams of trans fat, and contains 1 gram of fiber."

Created in 1963 by flavorist Pamela Low who combined brown sugar and butter to make the unique flavor, the other Cap'n Cruch varieties include Peanut Butter Crunch, Choco Crunch, and of course, Crunch Berry.

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