It’s been a symbolic part of our culture, and familiar name no matter where we go. Most of us have actually grown up in the family friendly atmosphere of our local McDonald’s restaurants.
McDonald’s has been an icon of happiness and fun for many years, but the industry titan was just dealt a serious blow that could potentially change the face of nutrition all over the world.
San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has made a historical decision to ban restaurants from handing out toys with meals that fail to uphold proper nutritional standards.
This decision has sparked a volatile debate between those standing for civil liberties and those standing to protect the health of the naive citizens.
Most people who are passionate about health would immediately shout out “It’s about time!” But this decision has a careful balance that needs to be considered for this to create positive change and not lead to the weakening of our rights as individuals.
The message is clear: McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants have played a large roll in the destruction of our health as a society. But it’s still within the choice of the individual to decide whether or not they are going to participate in what these restaurants have to offer.
When you take away choice because YOU say it’s the right thing to do, immediately it’s going to spark violent resistance. This is because it’s our basic human nature to fight against freedoms being taken away from us. Though this decision is may be 100% positive for the health of our children, on the deeper levels it’s not solving the root issue, which is the true education that allows individuals to make greater decisions on their own.
If someone is still patronizing McDonald’s restaurants and feeding their kids hormone laced meat, deadly hydrogenated fat, diabetes inducing high fructose corn syrup, and pretty much no trace of anything that supports life, then obviously the parent doesn’t truly understand the danger that they are putting their family in.
Until learning actually happens, there will not be a self-directed behavior change. And when behavior change is forced upon people, then intrinsically they will rebel.
The very clever world of marketing has definitely had it’s way with the minds and bodies of our citizens for a long time. Maybe it is appropriate to fight back with some clever legislation, but it needs to be directed at educating the public on a wide scale. The same “Jedi Tactics” the fast food industry has used to lure billions into the door, can just as easily be used to awaken those same billions to much higher choices and new freedoms in choice and prosperity.
It’s definitely high time that changes are made to our food system. Now that we’ve got people talking, let’s do it the smart way, and work together instead of starting another fight.
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