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PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 June, 2010, 12:00am

'McDonald's is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children'

Stephen Gardner, litigation director for the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, on the fast food chain's practice of advertising to children with toys and other food promotions. The group says it contributes to childhood obesity.


Gardner is referring to a popular saying by mothers: do not take candy from a stranger. The candy could be a drug and the stranger could hurt you.

The food offered in promotions at McDonald's is fatty and unhealthy.

Gardner's point is that McDonald's should not be deliberately encouraging children to eat unhealthy food by tempting them with toys.