Happy Meal change will finally come to McDonald’s locations around the country. Starting in September, the chain restaurant will take significant steps to increase the healthiness of their kids’ meals. McDonald’s will be reducing the amount of French fries it serves and including a healthy side.
Rather than eliminate French fries entirely, a move that would likely disappoint the kids, McDonald’s plans to more than halve the size of the portion of fries that children currently receive. Instead, children will find a side of apples, raisins, carrots, oranges, or pineapple slices in their Happy Meals, depending on the season and the region of the restaurant. McDonald’s estimates that these modifications will decrease Happy Meals’ calories by about 20 percent.
It appears that McDonald’s is trying to compromise by giving families what they should eat along with what they want to eat. While Happy Meals still won’t come close to topping the nutrition and benefits of a home-cooked family meal, they could have a small impact on helping to prevent childhood obesity in families who can’t resist the convenience of fast food.