Are Happy Meal Ads Too Tempting for Children?

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Do Happy Meals ads work too well? Credit: Eric Risberg, AP

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has filed a lawsuit claiming that McDonald's Happy Meal ads are simply too tempting for children.

The advertising, according to the lawsuit, is "circumventing parental control." In other words, "Parents, you're no match for plastic toys and a pitchman clown," writes David Knowles on AOL News.

Earlier this year, we wrote about a lawsuit that tried to get the toys of the Happy Meals. that tried to get the toys of the Happy Meals, and now Happy Meal toys have been banned in San Francisco. Now it's the advertising. What's next? The fries? (Not the fries!)

What do you think? Are Happy Meal ads too tempting? Or is it up to parents to decide what their children eat, no matter how much they might whine?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.