9 year old Girl Scolds McDonald’s for Selling Unhealthy Food
At the McDonald's annual shareholder meeting last week, a 9-year-old girl took on McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson for selling unhealthy food to kids.
Third-grader Hannah Robertson told Thompson, “It would be nice if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time.”
The nine-year-old read a prewritten statement criticizing the fast-food chain’s nutritional deficiencies and marketing tactics. She asked, “Mr. Thompson, don’t you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and happy life?”
The CEO's response? "We don't sell junk food," he said. "My kids also eat McDonald's."
The third-grader was there with her mother, Kia Robertson, a health-food blogger who came to the conference with other members of Corporate Accountability International, a human rights advocacy group that’s hoping to stop what they say is the fast-food chain’s predatory marketing to kids.
Listen to Hannah vs the CEO.
The fast food giant has added health-conscious items like smoothies, an egg-white breakfast sandwich, and Chicken McWraps to it's menu. But most people go for the Big Mac and the Fries.
At the same time it's promoting a healthier image, McDonald's also just released its most caloric offering ever, in Japan: The 1,142-calorie Mega Potato consists of nearly one pound of French Fries.
So what do you think, Is Hannah on the right track, or is it parents she should be talking to?