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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 4°C
Poll: Do you allow your kids to eat fast food?
Cheeseburgers are off the McDonald’s US Happy Meal menu – but Ireland hasn’t followed suit.

VISITS TO THE golden arches at McDonald’s were a crucial part of a lot of people’s childhoods.

In years gone by, the fast food giant played host to many birthday parties and was the site of reward for good behaviour for some families.

However, now that we know more about the impact of an unhealthy diet on our health and that childhood obesity has peaked (in fact, we’re on course to become the most obese nation in Europe), should we reconsider our relationship to fast food?

This week, McDonald’s decided to remove cheeseburgers and chocolate milk from its Happy Meal offering in a bid to reduce how often they’re ordered, yet McDonald’s Ireland has made no such move.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s Ireland pointed out that the company has “pioneered” an extensive salt and sugar reduction programme here in recent years, as well as offering healthy substitutions like carrot sticks on the Happy Meal menu.

So, tell us: Do you allow your kids to eat fast food?


Poll Results:

Yes, once in a blue moon (356)
Yes, regularly (101)
No, never (57)
I don't know (16)




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