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McDonald’s Happy Meal Horrors! The Franchise King® Is Overweight And Out Of Shape Because He Had One Too Many McDonald’s Happy Meals 31 Years Ago


That’s right. My sexy profile has everything to do with the fact that when I was a young, broke, on-air announcer at a huge 1,000 watt AM radio station in Independence, Iowa, (in 1979) I purchased a little too much cheap adult food at the local McDonald’s that turned out to be eerily similar to a Happy Meal.

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(A happy meal)

Now, I can finally get some closure.

According to The Center for Science in the Public Interest, that’s why I’m a tad overweight.

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I am absolutely positive is has nothing to do with the fact that I’m not exercising enough, and that I eat too much at one sitting, occasionally.


I’m a free choice kind of guy; I live in America. The land of the free. I’m free to eat like an idiot if I choose to do so.

But, according to this non-profit group, it has nothing to do with my own choices, or even my parent’s choices when I was little. They took me to McDonald’s. A lot? Maybe. It was kind of a cool thing, back then.

Anyway, this group is calling McDonald’s marketing practices, predatory. They’re saying that McDonald’s uses toys (Oh No!) to reel the little ones in while they’re young, and that it promotes lousy eating habits.

Here’s what I think promotes lousy eating habits;

Time. Actually, the lack of time. Most people that I know are busier than they ever were. They sleep less, spend less time planning and cooking meals, and are just overwhelmed.

For this King, it’s all about convenience. That’s really what McDonald’s and Burger King, and even Taco Bell, sells.

Am I off base, here? Here’s the McDonald’s predatory marketing lawsuit story.

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joel libava

I'm The Franchise King®, Joel Libava. I help prospective franchise owners avoid bank account emptying mistakes.
For 23 years, I’ve been showing people how to make smart, informed decisions on franchises to buy, and I can help you, too!
P.S. I'm not a franchise consultant/broker.

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