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This week, Brazilian consumer protection agency Procon fined McDonald's $1.6 million for targeting children with advertising and Happy Meal toys.

While this will have little effect on the fast-food behemoth's bottom line (the company spends $2 billion annually on advertising alone), a precedent has been set. More fines aimed at McDonald's marketing could follow.

"This is not an isolated case," urged Renan Ferraciolli, Procon's top lawyer. "There's no need to appeal as they do to children without the maturity or the rationality to enter the market as consumers."

The Happy Meal is one of McDonald's most successful marketing devices: Happy Meals are rumored to account for around 10% of all sales.

But the Happy Meal has collected a range of enemies who want to see it die. Here are a few of them:

Health activists:

Childhood obesity has doubled, while adolescent obesity tripled, in the past three decades. In an unfortunate coincidence, the Happy Meal is 34 years old. Suspicion that these two things are related has led to growing action by consumer groups around the world.

These groups seek to tone down the intensity with which the products are marketed to children. According to a study from Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, the average preschooler sees 1,000 ads for fast food each year.

Lawyers:

Bans on ads are a frequent occurrence in Europe, but in the U.S. they gain less traction. Last year, a San Franciso judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit seeking to ban Happy Meal toys in California. But the lawsuit shows that concern is growing, and McDonald's is increasingly the target.

"McDonald's must stop exploiting children at some point," said Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The Center, along with a mother of two young children, filed the anti-Happy Meal lawsuit.

Though it began offering healthier options, like apple slices in Happy Meals, in 2011, McDonald's has stood its ground in the face of Happy Meal naysayers. "We are very proud of our Happy Meals and will vigorously defend our brand, our reputation and our food," said spokeswoman Danya Proud.

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What a load of crap - parents DECIDE what their children eat therefore the responsibility sits with the parents or are they saying parents are idiots?
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It almost sounds like some blame McDonald's for the obesity problem...

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people want to win a class action lawsuit so they have more money to spend at mcdonalds!
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[quote name='rippleman' timestamp='1367078727' post='595660948']
It almost sounds like some blame McDonald's for the obesity problem...
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Maybe not blame, but the $1 menu doesnt help :p

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stupid. nobody is forcing anyone to eat mcdonalds. you order what you would like to eat. all the nutritional information is readily available. I don't see how mcdonalds should be punished for providing a convenient service, cooked and prepared food. oh the horror.
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[quote name='Mr Nom Nom's' timestamp='1367078222' post='595660930']
What a load of crap - parents DECIDE what their children eat therefore the responsibility sits with the parents or are they saying parents are idiots?
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Agreed

[quote name='rippleman' timestamp='1367078727' post='595660948']
It almost sounds like some blame McDonald's for the obesity problem...
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Partly is, I saw a documentary a while ago where PR and ex Mc'D advisors brought about the "Super Size" campaign to increase profits and they all agreed that before it, no-one complained about the size of the meals :p

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[quote name='vcfan' timestamp='1367079588' post='595660962']
stupid. nobody is forcing anyone to eat mcdonalds. you order what you would like to eat. all the nutritional information is readily available. I don't see how mcdonalds should be punished for providing a convenient service, cooked and prepared food. oh the horror.
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You call that food?

smh

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[quote name='adrynalyne' timestamp='1367079735' post='595660966']
You call that food?

smh
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Everything in moderation. Nothing wrong with a McDonalds from time to time, as part of a balanced diet.
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[quote name='Chicane-UK' timestamp='1367080178' post='595660970']
Everything in moderation. Nothing wrong with a McDonalds from time to time, as part of a balanced diet.
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What part of McDs is part of a balanced diet? ;)

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[quote name='Chicane-UK' timestamp='1367080178' post='595660970']
Everything in moderation. Nothing wrong with a McDonalds from time to time, as part of a balanced diet.
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Exactly. Work hard, play hard n'all that :p

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[quote name='adrynalyne' timestamp='1367080393' post='595660972']What part of McDs is part of a balanced diet? ;)
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There's nothing inherently unhealthy about McDonald's meals. The main criticism is the size of some of the meals, which can amount to over 1,500 calories - 75% of the daily calorie allowance for an active woman. That's without even considering sides, like muffins, McFlurrys and brownies. As with most things, when eaten in moderation it is actually relatively healthy. However, it is worth pointing out that standards vary depending on the region. In the US a lot of items contain HFC, portion sizes are larger and there was the Pink Slime scandal, which makes it less healthy than other regions.

As for the article, most countries have restrictions on advertising to children as they lack the ability to critically assess the statements being made. It's a sensible policy and McDonald's should be abiding by the regulations in the each region, which it appears it was not doing. Therefore the fine seems entirely appropriate.

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This is dumb. Parents buy the food and parents these days would rather give the kids what they want because it easier and less hassle to say no. My parents told me no all the time.
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[quote name='techbeck' timestamp='1367082925' post='595661000']
This is dumb. Parents buy the food and parents these days would rather give the kids what they want because it easier and less hassle to say no. My parents told me no all the time.
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Exactly. My parents bought me up relatively healthy even though i was in London surrounded by take-away's, and you know why? Because they also said 'No'. Plain and simple. If you can't say no when it's necessary for your child's health then i'm sure there's a lot more failings going on in your parenting.
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[quote name='adrynalyne' timestamp='1367080393' post='595660972']
What part of McDs is part of a balanced diet? ;)
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I guarantee you eat things that makes McDonalds food look lie gourmet cooking, so get off your fake high horse

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[quote name='Mr Nom Nom's' timestamp='1367078222' post='595660930']
What a load of crap - parents DECIDE what their children eat therefore the responsibility sits with the parents or are they saying parents are idiots?
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Then presumably you agree that the ads should be targeted at the parents rather than the children.
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[quote name='z0phi3l' timestamp='1367083742' post='595661022']
I guarantee you eat things that makes McDonalds food look lie gourmet cooking, so get off your fake high horse
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Because you know me, right? How do you plan to guarantee anything?

Did you notice the ;)?


Or are you just trying to start a fight?

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[quote name='techbeck' timestamp='1367082925' post='595661000']
This is dumb. Parents buy the food and parents these days would rather give the kids what they want because it easier and less hassle to say no. My parents told me no all the time.
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[quote name='Mikeffer' timestamp='1367083081' post='595661002']
Exactly. My parents bought me up relatively healthy even though i was in London surrounded by take-away's, and you know why? Because they also said 'No'. Plain and simple. If you can't say no when it's necessary for your child's health then i'm sure there's a lot more failings going on in your parenting.
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And there are just as many responsible parents now. The issue is that advertising is targeted at children in a way that it wasn't generations ago, which is why there has been a need for restrictions on advertising to children. If the result is that it improves the health and development of children then why exactly is that a bad thing? Nobody is claiming that these restrictions are designed to replace good parenting; they simply complement it.

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They should be focusing on more damaging things like "advertising" their religion to a child.

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Wait... so how is McDonald's advertising to children in a way that any other company isn't already? :huh:

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[quote name='DDStriker' timestamp='1367085504' post='595661068']
They should be focusing on more damaging things like "advertising" their religion to a child.
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Not sure what's worse, the food nazi that popped up or the idiots that insist on making everything about their irrational hate of religions
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[quote name='Ph1b3r0pt1c' timestamp='1367079133' post='595660954']
Maybe not blame, but the $1 menu doesnt help :p
[/quote]And its been proven that it also doesn't hurt at all. The dollar menu did nothing to increase the number of units sold according to all official reports and is being considered a failure to increase the number of units sold by everyone including McDonalds itself. All it did was decrease income.

[quote name='theyarecomingforyou' timestamp='1367084143' post='595661030']
And there are just as many responsible parents now. The issue is that advertising is targeted at children in a way that it wasn't generations ago, which is why there has been a need for restrictions on advertising to children. If the result is that it improves the health and development of children then why exactly is that a bad thing? Nobody is claiming that these restrictions are designed to replace good parenting; they simply complement it.
[/quote]What? Did you miss the part about simply saying no. The child doesn't buy the food. The parent does. Advertising to the child isn't the problem. Parents who raise kids with entitlement complexes is. It really is as simple as saying no. Or is there a hidden contract that all parents must sign that says if the advertising exists and the kid asks for it, they absolutely have to buy it for them? Childhood obesity is nobodies fault but the parents in any possible situation where they are in charge of feeding them.

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[quote name='Mr Nom Nom's' timestamp='1367078222' post='595660930']
What a load of crap - parents DECIDE what their children eat therefore the responsibility sits with the parents or are they saying parents are idiots?
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In many cases, kids should be protected from their parents.
This is the job of a good government. It is also the job of the government and the governed to improve each other to decrease amount of idiot parents.

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I think a lot of people here are confusing poor parenting with advertising to young children directly.

One does not directly relate to the other.

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If you're trying to reduce health care expenditure and improve the quality of life if your citizens then reducing the likelihood that kids will be exposed to fast food and treat it as normal is one way to go.

It's not about good or bad parenting.

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