Diagnosis: CHILDHOOD OBESITY
Although Happy wasn't introduced in the U.S. until after the 1990's, McDonald's has always been the sworn enemy of children's long term health. It is the largest distributor of toys in the world and consistently partners up with every entertainment company imaginable in a young child's life (Disney, the NBA, Nickelodeon, Hello Kitty, Barbie, Lego, etc...). The company shamelessly fosters relationships with children at an early age to establish trust and belief in their brand, and it's clear the cycle won't be broken anytime soon.
In Chile however, the Happy Meal, along with kids' meals at other fast food chains, will no longer give out free toys in a move to curb the country's rising childhood obesity epidemic. While similar strategies have failed here in the states (San Francisco famously tried to pass a similar ban but McDonald's circumvented the law by charging 10 cents for toys), there is still a silver lining: happy meals have shown a steady decline in recent years. Whether or not those kids are opting for healthier alternatives, remains to be seen.
Unhealthy Rating: 5/5