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McDonald's to Sponsor London Olympics: Good Business or Bad Message?

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Less than three months to the London Olympics! We can't wait to see the tight, toned competitors showing off their unbelievable athletic skill. And somehow, this message of health and fitness is sponsored by ... McDonald's? Yup! The fast-food chain is a major sponsor for the London Olympics, to the dismay of a British doctors' group, The Associated Press reports.



McDonald's will be the only restaurant allowed to sell brand-name food at the games and there will also be a separate McDonald's within the athletes' village -- in addition to three others at the Olympic Park (one of which will be McDonald's largest franchise in the world), the AP reports.

To make matters worse, Coca-Cola has the exclusive right to sell non-alcoholic drinks at Olympic venues, and Heineken has been named the games' official beer. "It's very sad that an event that celebrates the very best of athletic achievements should be sponsored by companies contributing to the obesity problem and unhealthy habits," said Terence Stephenson, a spokesman for the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, according to the AP.

McDonald's isn't new to the Olympics -- the company has been an official Olympics sponsor since 1976. The chain says it plans to bring "high-quality British food" at the Games, yet Big Macs, fries and milkshakes will be served. With about one-quarter of Brits currently obese, do you think McDonald's makes an appropriate sponsor for the London Olympics?
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  • Jimbo 2012/05/02 23:08:07
    Good business
    Jimbo
    +11
    Its not McDonald's making people fat it's people.
  • smitty Jimbo 2012/05/03 13:14:11
    smitty
    +2
    People are lazy. If you consume 4000 calories you just need to expend 4000 calories. It is quite simple. You put 4000 calories in and expend 500 calories.. guess what you will get fat.
  • Jimbo smitty 2012/05/03 14:53:04
    Jimbo
    +2
    and lazy.
  • 001 Jimbo 2012/05/03 17:55:18
    001
    +1
    Yes, but it's McDonald's who sell the means. You simply can't buy a healthy meal at McDonalds.
  • Jimbo 001 2012/05/03 18:06:29
    Jimbo
    You're right. So don't eat there. I don't.

    Eating an unhealthy meal SOMETIMES does not make you fat. It's the people who eat it everyday. I know some people who eat at Carl's Jr everyday and they are HUGE. Is it Carl's Jr fault that these people eat there? Of course not. There are several other places they can eat but they choose not to.
  • 001 Jimbo 2012/05/03 19:00:00
    001
    +1
    Sure it's not their responsibility if people get fat. It's still very odd to link a fast food chain that doesn't sell any healthy meals to a sporting event.
  • Jimbo 001 2012/05/03 19:47:26
    Jimbo
    I understand what you're saying. That is a bit odd isn't it.
  • JDog_90305 001 2012/05/07 16:45:30
    JDog_90305
    +1
    Then don't go. Problem solved.
  • 001 JDog_90305 2012/05/08 16:57:51
    001
    Jimbo already said that. It's not about me wanting to eat there, it's about bringing sports and junkfood together, which is just ridiculous.
  • Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll 2012/05/02 23:02:07
    Bad message
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    McDonalds can keep their GMO chemical laced garbage.
  • gary Mr.Hood... 2012/05/03 05:21:50
    gary
    +1
    good there a billion people in line, so will get our food faster.
  • Mr.Hood... gary 2012/05/03 11:36:27
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    A billion morons. Just know real food grows mold McDonalds "food" doesn't. You enjoy that Fact. I see the Micky D's is already making you forget how to use words properly. It's we'll not will. :)
  • smitty Mr.Hood... 2012/05/03 13:14:50
    smitty
    Well... Their hamburgers do grow mold. So got any other "facts"?
  • Mr.Hood... smitty 2012/05/03 19:38:10
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    No they don't. I'll happily do the experiment again just to show you. Let me know.
  • smitty Mr.Hood... 2012/05/03 19:47:46 (edited)
    smitty
    Why? I already have...Mine grew mold. I left it in the backseat of my car. a couple weeks green mold was on the burger.

    Nice try.
  • Mr.Hood... smitty 2012/05/03 19:56:30
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    Yea well not mine. I didn't put any condiments on mine. Plain burger and it did not mold.

    Nice try.
  • smitty Mr.Hood... 2012/05/04 13:59:29 (edited)
    smitty
    I ordered 2 cheeseburgers. It came stock. I ate one while driving and not the other. I put the other in the backseat and forgot about it.

    I found it a couple weeks latter and sure enough green stuff.

    Well this was 20+ years ago. Maybe that could be the difference. You were still just a thought in your parents memory.
  • Omni 2012/05/02 23:01:29
    Good business
    Omni
    +6
    People need to take responsibility for themselves. Mcdonalds is not the reason you're fat; you're the reason you're fat.
  • thezilch 2012/05/02 23:00:31
    Good business
    thezilch
    +3
    "It's very sad that an event that celebrates the very best of athletic achievements should be sponsored by companies contributing to the obesity problem and unhealthy habits," said Terence Stephenson, a spokesman for the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, according to the AP.

    Mr. Stephenson, guns don't kill people; video games don't make our kids violent; and McDonalds (and "companies") do not contribute to obesity nor unhealthy habits. You see, this is an education issue, and ironically, speaking of educational institutions, one should be appalled at the food and drinks served in cafeterias.

    What brands, exactly, does Stephenson expect to sponsor the games? Local farmers?
  • Jim thezilch 2012/05/07 00:12:54
    Jim
    Your second paragraph is total rubbish. Just look at what is happening in the world around you. Guns do kill, if there is no gun it can't kill. Some video games dull reality and desensitise and commercial food is full of sugar, salt or fat.
    Get away from fox news and open your eyes.
  • DOriginalDonald 2012/05/02 22:57:05
    Good business
    DOriginalDonald
    +1
    The docs are now finding this out?
  • Happy212121 2012/05/02 22:48:21 (edited)
    Good business
    Happy212121
    If there are other choices of things to eat then I don't see the problem. Besides, I think it makes for a good IQ test. If you all of a sudden believe that eating McDonalds food will make you a healthy, athletic Olympian because they are sponsoring the Olympics than maybe you should be at the "special" version instead. If they want to be more realistic though they should have some performance enhancing drug company sponsor the olympics. =)
  • JohnT 2012/05/02 22:45:44
    Good business
    JohnT
    +3
    There is nothing wrong with McDonalds, it is a good business. It is the individuals that over eat fast food that have the problem. I don't think we need to boycott businesses because they serve foods that will make you fat. Look in the mirror and realize that the person looking back is the one to control that. Nothing wrong with them sponsoring the Olympics. If you don't like the food don't eat it.
  • Alexis82 2012/05/02 22:43:48
    Good business
    Alexis82
    +1
    Being worldwide top fast food, can't go wrong with Mickey D's.
  • gary 2012/05/02 22:30:09
    Good business
    gary
    +2
    good for you Mc'ds. We all have good memories from our childhood. And will have many more thru our adulthood.
  • LukeC 2012/05/02 22:25:41
    Bad message
    LukeC
    +1
    Guarantee not one athlete in the Olympics would touch McDonalds..
  • Sue Mac... LukeC 2012/05/03 02:40:49
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    +2
    Well, I guarantee all the athlete's are grateful for the sponsorship.
  • LukeC Sue Mac... 2012/05/03 13:17:54
    LukeC
    Im sure most are, but are still uneasy about the fact it is McDonalds, more so than us.

    If I had to break someones legs, I would be grateful for the money I get, but how do you think I would feel? :L
  • Sue Mac... LukeC 2012/05/08 01:13:13
    Sue MacDonald Kyak
    What???? Makes no sense.
  • Wayne TH G 333 2012/05/02 22:16:17
    Good business
    Wayne TH G 333
    The sponsors of sporting events should not have to be health food companies, who will pay less for the rights.
  • Kyle 2012/05/02 22:12:48
    Good business
    Kyle
    I think it's more ironic if anything. I don't really think it's that big of a deal it says right there that they've sponsered the olympics since 1976, where was all the outrage back then.
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/02 22:11:52
    Good business
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    Unfourtunely thats the way business is done these years.Like naming stadiums we pay for,to play high stupid salaries. Some of these companies do not last long.
  • JCLadybug 2012/05/02 22:11:22
    Good business
    JCLadybug
    +2
    McDonald's always sponsors the Olympics.....and if I remember correctly Phelps said when he ate there, he ate several meals at a time (b/c he burns so many calories per day). There is nothing wrong with McDonald's every now and then...and no one thinks it is healthy....so why does it matter?
  • •Sora•Knightwalker• 2012/05/02 22:04:48 (edited)
    Good business
    •Sora•Knightwalker•
    Fine with me if it brings in all the hot British and foriegn guys!
  • Anonymouse ~superdoge~ 2012/05/02 21:56:03
    Bad message
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    And what is even worse is our stupid government has decided to give every single bloody contract to foreign companies!! It's like they're trying to destroy the country, they need to go...
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/05/02 21:55:19
    Good business
    Rebel [SHP]
    +1
    Why not? Budweiser sponsors the super bowl...think beer helps those pro athletes?? The ads and sponsors are for the fans, and the fans are not always in the healthy variety. It's fine.
  • Oli 2012/05/02 21:53:52
    Good business
    Oli
    ahahahaa work out, then go for a Big mac! yup makes sense...... DOH!
  • American☆Atheist 2012/05/02 21:53:01
    Bad message
    American☆Atheist
    wtf
  • abubincrazy 2012/05/02 21:52:55
    Good business
    abubincrazy
    +4
    If you are one of those holier-than-thou food nazis, just don't eat at McDonalds and shut the hell up
  • carlai 2012/05/02 21:52:33
    Good business
    carlai
    GOOD FOR MCDONALDS BUSSINESS BUT BAD FOR THE HEALTH OF THE TRAINING PARTICIPANTS AND THE PUBLIC GOING TO THE GAMES.

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