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    Default Is Ronald McDonald the actual cause of Child hood obesity?

    I know that the title might sound dumb,but I thought it would make a great debate topic.I heard that they are trying to band Ronald McDonald because he was reeling in kids to eat unhealthy food which can cause Childhood obesity.I think this is kinda not the man reason.The main reason is that kids are drawn to toy`s like a moth to a flame.So now,It`s up for debate whether or not Ronald McDonald is the puppet master of childhood obesity or it`s the Happy Meals free toy`s that is the main reason debate begin.

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    It is one cause, but not the root of all obesity.
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    I agree with legendarypokemonmaster. I remember wanting a McDonalds every day until I got all the toys every time new ones came out until I was 11. I say the free toys are more to blame than Ronald McDonald, but they're both causes.
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    It's more of the parents fault for letting their kid get too fat.

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    Oh, this is aimed at the clown, not McDonalds...
    Yeah, the toys are probably much worse than that psycho clown. My original post was aimed at McDonalds as a whole.
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    I think Mc Donalds is part of the cause, the real cause is fast food chain restaurants. you cant go down a road without seeing one.
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    I like the burgers, not the demonic mascot.

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    No, it's parents faults for constantly getting McDonalds. Ronald McDonald was far more prominent when I was kid but mom rarely went to McDonalds.
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    The Demon Clown would keep me away....
    The real cause is the toys, the toys....
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    I think child obesity is caused by general bad eating habits, not just fast food. And it sounds to me as if Ronald McDonald scares children away from McDonalds, so anti-obesity groups should want to keep him.

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    I hate that clown, scared me as a kid. >.<
    The toys are a big reason though for obesity
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    No, parents who don't know how to say no are the cause.


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    The toys don't contribute to obesity. I don't think very many kids eat the toys.

    And like Chedwick says, you can always, you know, not eat at McDonalds.

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    I heard Ronald McDonald held kids at gunpoint and made them eat Big Macs, all while laughing manically.

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    The reason kids are getting fat is convenience. Would you rather pay about 20 dollars for the ingredients of one meal that takes an hour and 30 minutes to make, or would you rather pay 5 dollars for something you don't have to cook that's ready in seconds? People don't have the "time" these days to make home cooked meals. It's easier to go downtown and grab some burgers.

    And don't take Ronald away. Just change him into this. That should keep those dang kids away.

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    Of course it's not Ronald McDonald's fault? He has 0 calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Megaton666 View Post
    Of course it's not Ronald McDonald's fault? He has 0 calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ParadoxWithinAParadox View Post
    The reason kids are getting fat is convenience. Would you rather pay about 20 dollars for the ingredients of one meal that takes an hour and 30 minutes to make, or would you rather pay 5 dollars for something you don't have to cook that's ready in seconds? People don't have the "time" these days to make home cooked meals. It's easier to go downtown and grab some burgers.

    And don't take Ronald away. Just change him into this. That should keep those dang kids away.
    Pretty insightful, actually. It would be more productive (and democratic) to work on providing a cheaper nutritious alternative than to put all that time into banning McDonalds images and toys.

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    I think unhealthy food options and lazy parenting is the cause based on observation.
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    Ugh, I hate that horrible clown. He's one of the reasons I find McDonalds repulsive

    Childhood obesity is caused by lack of education about diet and exercise. Kids tend to copy whatever food their parents eat. If the parents are eating junk, they will too. Maybe that's why obesity can run in families.
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    There is no single cause of obesity. Sure, fast food contributes, but so does lack of good in-school PE programs, not having to walk to and from school (and walking home and back for lunch), spending more and more time in front of a TV/computer *cough*, stress, general ignorance of proper nutrition, etc.. Kids also look up to their parents, who have to deal with increasingly fast-paced yet sedentary lifestyle, who, as ParadoxWithinAParadox said, go for the more convenient route for dinner.
    The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has a fine article on the various contributions to obesity.


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    Fast food is not the cause of obesity as a whole. Certainly it plays a big role. What it all comes down to is personal discipline. They can hand out toys and have a bunch of goofy characters but in the end if youre disciplined you will choose a healthier option
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    i think he is but other resteraunts are fattening to so like burger king

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    The only thing Ronald McDonald is responsible for is childhood trauma. Clowns are evil.
    The toys are the incentive to eat at McDonalds, not the clown. *shudder*

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