Hannah Robertson, 9, asked McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson on Thursday about the fast food corporation using "toys and cartoon characters" to "trick kids into eating food that isn’t good for them" (audio below).
Hannah asked her question at the annual shareholders’ meeting Oak Brook, Illinois. She attended the meeting with her mother Kia Robertson, who designed a game called Today I Ate a Rainbow, which tries to help kids make healthy eating choices.
According to USA Today, Hannah said: “I don’t think it’s fair when big companies try to trick kids into eating food that isn’t good for them by using toys and cartoon characters. It isn’t fair that so many kids my age and younger who are getting really sick with diseases like diabetes and obesity.”
“It would be nice if you stopped trying to trick kids into wanting to eat your food all the time. Mr. Thompson don’t you want children to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?" asked Hannah, reported the Toronto Star.
“We don’t sell junk food,” Thompson responded. “My kids also eat McDonald’s. We cook lots of fruits and veggies at home. I think it’s great that you want to eat more fruits and veggies.”
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Thompson also mentioned the new healthier fare that is being offered at McDonald's, but did not speak of the new "Mega Potato," which is almost one pound of fries with 1,142 calories.
"We didn’t really feel like he acknowledged anything [Hannah said]. He was more, like, we’re not the brand you think we are,” said Kia.