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article imageGirl, 9, confronts McDonald's CEO on childhood obesity

By Michael Krebs     May 24, 2013 in Food
At the McDonald's annual shareholder meeting on Thursday, a 9 year-old girl faced the company's CEO in objection to the fast food giant's poor nutrition - just days after the return of the "mega potato" in Japan.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the incidence of childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents over the past three decades - and it is with this troubling backdrop in mind that a 9 year-old girl confronted McDonald's CEO Don Thompson at the fast food company's annual shareholder meeting on Thursday.
Hannah Robertson objects to what she sees as the poor nutritional choices McDonald's offers children, according to a USA Today report.
"There are things in life that aren't fair — like when your pet dies," Roberston said. "I don't think it's fair when big companies try to trick kids into eating food. It isn't fair that so many kids my age are getting sick."
Robertson's comments came just days after McDonalds announced the return of its highest-calorie product to date, the "mega potato." The new mega potato offering, available nationwide in Japan currently, is the equivalent of two orders of large fries, as Japan Today reported.
"Mr. Thompson, don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life," Robertson asked.
Thompson thanked the girl for her comments, insisting the McDonald's selections are innocuous.
"We don't sell junk food," he said. "My kids also eat McDonald's."
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