McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson has a simple message to future customers: “We don’t sell junk food.”
Thompson was confronted by a 9-year-old girl earlier this week who was angry with the restaurant for marketing junk food to children. Thompson did his best to defend the restaurant saying that junk food isn’t on the menu.
Thompson said: “We don’t sell junk food … We provide high quality food. We always have; it’s real beef, it’s real chicken, it’s real tomatoes, real lettuce, real fruit, real smoothies, real dairy, real eggs, and we do it in a way that is also affordable.”
McDonald’s has been at the center of the obesity debate in the United States despite its efforts to add healthy items to its menu. McDonald’s now has several salads, egg white McMuffins, and premium chicken wraps on its menu.
But that doesn’t mean that McDonald’s is good for your diet.
Andrew Bremer, a doctor who attended the annual share holders meeting, said that McDonald’s had to make more changes it it wanted to shed its junk food image.
Bremer said: “My medical and public health colleagues the world over have repeatedly acknowledged the science I think McDonald’s-style fast food and the fast food practices to the decline in children’s health and McDonald’s has yet to make substitute changes.”
Here’s a video of the little girl criticizing McDonald’s for marketing junk food to kids.
Do you consider McDonald’s junk food? Do you think the restaurant the “healthy” items on the restaurants menu are a change in the right direction?
Of course, it’s hard to see McDonald’s as anything but junk food when they have items like Mega Potato Fries on its menu.