Ronald McDonald has been getting heat this week from an advocacy group irate at the company's continued marketing to children. The group wants the fast-food giant to retire the mascot and, perhaps more to the point, stop hawking food high in calories, fat and salt to kids.
But the fast-food chain says the clown is "an ambassador for good," adding that it has no plans to get rid of Ronald. The company's chief executive also said that consumers have piped up, defending their right to eat what they choose.
For an idea of what all the fuss is about, let's take a closer look at the food in question -- what a child might order at Mickey D's. You might know it by the term Happy Meal.
A cheeseburger Happy Meal -- a small cheeseburger with small fries and 8 ounces of 1% milk -- has 640 calories, 26 grams of fat and 1,040 milligrams of sodium, according to a nutritional menu from the McDonald's website.