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USA Today reports on the continuing attention being given to the stern lecture that nine-year-old Hannah Robertson gave to McDonald's CEO Don Thompson at the company's annual shareholder's meeting last week.

"There are things in life that aren't fair — like when your pet dies," said Hannah, who added, "I don't think it's fair when big companies try to trick kids into eating food." And she concluded her remarks: "Mr. Thompson, don't you want kids to be healthy so they can live a long and healthy life?"

Hannah Thompson was at the meeting with her mother, who is a member of a Canadian nutritional advocacy group.

Thompson gently tried to correct Hannah's characterization, saying that "we don't sell junk food." And, he said, while his own kids eat McDonald's, they also do a lot of cooking at home and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

USA Today framed the debate this way:

"This is an issue that simply won't go away: childhood nutrition. It is a key element in Michelle Obama's ongoing campaign to fight childhood obesity. And even as McDonald's has made some moves to better its menu offerings in recent years, it's increasingly getting bombarded by activists — and now, their children — to do more. Several other activists also spoke out at the meeting, prodding McDonald's to do more about offering healthy items.

"For McDonald's, it's virtually a no-win situation that will only grow larger as a generation of fact-focused and nutritionally savvy Millennials continue to have kids."
KC's View:
Longtime MNB readers know that I am no fan of McDonald's.

But I'm also not a fan of parents using nine year old children as a way of spotlighting their own political views or goals. Sure, McDonald's tries to use every method at its disposal to sell fast food. So as a parent, use every tool at your disposal to teach your own kid to make good choices.

Let Hannah be a kid. Not a poster child for your own issues.

But maybe that's just me.