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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

We all know that America is facing many health problems. One that remains high up on the list is obesity — in particular, child obesity. Parents are letting their children eat anything and everything that they choose, especially McDonalds Happy Meals.

A group of protesters have asked that Ronald McDonald retire from his position as the spokesperson for the fattening fast food chain. They claim that although he is a role model to children, he is teaching them to eat the things that will only increase American’s obesity instead of helping kids make healthy food choices.

According to WFMZ-TV, many protesters have issues with the fact that McDonald’s chooses to target 3 year olds in their ad campaigns. “Ronald is an insidious clown that preys on small children’s innate trust and wonder, all in the name of moving more Happy Meals,”¬†one woman¬†said. “No fast food character is better at making parents feel guilty for trying to say no to their kids’ incessant nagging. It’s time Ronald stopped exploiting our children and undermining parents’ best efforts to feed their kids right. He’s had a good run, but it’s time for him to go.”

As a response, McDonald’s released the following statement: “Ronald McDonald is a beloved brand ambassador for McDonald’s…Ronald also helps deliver messages to families on many important subjects such as safety, literacy, and the importance of physical activity and making balanced food choices.”

Here is what a group of students from the University of Vermont have to say:

What do you think about the current obesity issues in our country? Should Ronald McDonald be forced to retire?

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