Not only that but since Mc donalds is one of the first and largest companies to think about making houses for parents and families of children staying in the hospital, some times for weeks or months at a time that are either free or very low cost and are so much nicer than a hotel, since it is as fun (as possible considrring) family atmosphere with food and activities etc to make the whole experience a little less traumatic. I never had a problem with them having a resteraunt in the lobby, especially knowing it helps with the cost of the ronni mac houses and their other charities. Especially for sick children, often weight is not a problem, the hardest thing is to get the kids to eat enough they dont LOSE too much weight recoverying from surgery or many other illnesses. Not to mention, seeing how some kids light up when they get a happy meal as a treat, instead of the hospital food that usually isnt the best. Beside the relationship of mcdonalds and hospitals, I personally not only dont have a problem when I see other fast food like pizza hut in the hospital, but am glad we have alot of choices for cheap tasty food that is NOt hospital food with out leaving the hospital or with in a short walking difference, not only for the patient, but family members who camp out in the hospital and need to get 3 meals a day for themselves. BTW some hospitals with fast food onsite, let you pick a happy meal or pizza hut, as one of your meal choices every so many days, so it doesnt even cost the parent extra to get something their child MIGHT eat, instead of push around on their plateThere are actually healthy options at McDonald's. They have salads, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, grilled chicken...not that I wouldn't rather have a burger and fries. Based on the weight watcher's point system, some of the options aren't as bad as you would think as long as you exercise portion control. There are also people lucky enough not to have to worry about grabbing a burger here and there. I have to admit, my eating habits are horrible, but all of my numbers (cholesterol, triglycerides, etc) are in the good zone, so I don't worry much about it.
Sorry, I couldn't resist playing a little bit of devil's advocate there. I worked at McDonald's for awhile in college, and they were very good to me. I actually do see the "conflict" here