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Should fast food restaurants bring back the soda for kids' meals?

Posted by on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM
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Keep America Free: Let My Kids Drink Soda!

Why do fast-food restaurants keep trying to make kids' meals healthy? Wendy's is the latest chain attempting to make burgers and fries into health food by removing the soda option from the kids' meal menus.

According to USA Today, "That means when parents drive through a pick-up window, they won't see soda as an option on the menu board, but if they decide to order one, they won't be turned down."

McDonald's did the same thing for Happy Meals in 2013. After they replaced the fries with apple slices in 2011 and didn't even tell parents. I had some very disappointed children on my hands that day.

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Anyway, the Center for Science in Public Interest released a statement on Thursday, praising Wendy's for the change, and encouraging them to offer more healthy choices like "whole grain rolls, offering more fruit and vegetable options, reducing sodium across the menu, and dropping Frostys from the children's menu."

Because obviously Frostys are the villain in the war against childhood obesity.

Look, I get that kids are more overweight than ever. You know what's not going to stop the problem? Getting rid of sodas in kids' meals. Kids meals are junk food, people. A tiny kiddie-sized cup of soda isn't going to do much damage when your kid is already eating chicken nuggets made from Silly Putty.

You know what does make kids fat? When fast food becomes a way of life instead of a treat. When they stay inside on their hineys instead getting outside and playing. When they see their parents make unhealthy decisions, and follow in their footsteps.

It's insulting to take soda off the menu for kids' meals -- like we parents can't make that decision for our own kids. Like we can't tell our kids "no" if we need to grab a quick dinner and we'd rather they drink milk. It's our decision to make -- and sometimes we want our kids to get soda. Stop trying to shame us for letting them have it.

Do you think fast food restaurants should bring back the soda for kids' meals?

by on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:07 AM
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CountryStrong84
by Gold Member on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM
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Nope
bluebunnybabe
by kid crack dealer on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:09 AM
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I don't see what it matters. From what I saw when I read about it yesterday, it's not that they can't order it if they want it, it's just not listed as a choice.
my3girls201410
by Platinum Member on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:09 AM
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No I think it's fine the way it is. My girls hardly drink soda. They love the apple slices and chocolate milk.
SoInLove515
by Platinum Member on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:10 AM
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You can get a soda with a kids meal actually...
mommieof38829
by on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:11 AM
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My son always gets sprite for his kids meal. He doesn't drink milk.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:11 AM
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I think people need to understand that restaurants don't make you fat you make you fat! Wendy's may serve apple slices and milk with their kids meal BUT I can still go home and feed my kids soda and sticks of fried butter :p

I take my kids to fast food restaurant exactly once a month with their dad's dad and I allow them a soda...gasp!...occasionally treating kids won't hurt them.
Seagodess
by Emerald Member on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:12 AM

 I dont see it being an option of drinks being a problem.

When we get DS a kids meal, we like that there is options for different sides and drinks. DS doesn't like fries, so the fruit is good. He usually gets juice, but occasionally we will let him get an orange pop.

Djinn83
by Platinum Member on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Of course, because parents are too stupid to make their own decisions. So let's nudge those parents into making the right choice by not displaying soda on the menu.

yes, this will totally fix the problem. As if 99% of the population doesn't already know that fast food and soda is empty calories and should be eaten sparingly. They do know, and choose to do it anyways.

ILovemyPaulie
by Ruby Member on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:13 AM
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You can still get a soda with a Happy Meal. Sometimes I get one for myself and I give the toy to the kids. LOL!

shadowcat76
by Platinum Member on Jan. 20, 2015 at 9:13 AM
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Fast food is a treat. When we eat there, I already know it's not healthy. Eliminating the soda is just dumb.
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