I just read an article on Yahoo! that illustrates yet again just how obsessively litigous our society has become.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is threatening to file a lawsuit against McDonald's, alleging that the fast-food chain's Happy Meal toys are partially responsible for the rise in child obesity.
Give me a break!!! So-called "watchdog" groups like CSPI pop up like pimples, claiming they are acting in the best interests of children, but the truth of the matter is, they just want people to know they're out there in a mad grab for 15 minutes of fame. The article notes that CSPI's last high profile lawsuit was 4 years ago against Kellogg's, which prompted the cereal giant to revamp their product. However, going after McDonald's reads more like a case of golddigging.
To tell you the truth, I didn't even know about the Kellogg's case until I read the article. McDonald's has had the Happy Meals around for nearly 40 years, and while there might've been a few problems with the toys because of safety issues, such as the recent recall of "Shrek"-related items, I don't see much correlation between the toys and kids gaining weight. Yes, we're becoming more health-conscious as a society, but we don't need another group of busy-bodies trying to dictate what we can eat. We have brains, we can decide for ourselves, thank you very much!
What CSPI would probably be happy with is if they add salads to the Happy Meals. Maybe that'll happen, but I'd rather that it was a decision made by McDonald's without the prompting of a bunch of get-a-lifes with nothing better to do than chase publicity.