Challenging Ronald: McDonald versus McDonald's


  • David McDonald, Senior Staff Specialist Paediatrician, Port Macquarie Base Hospital, NSW and Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of NSW.

Dr David McDonald, General Paediatrics, Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Port Macquarie, NSW 2444, Australia. Fax: +612 5524 2139; email:


Obesity is the most prevalent health condition affecting first world children in 2011. This article recounts a campaign that opposed the construction of a fast food outlet in close proximity to a large school complex. The epidemiologic evidence that there is a negative health impact on children that attend schools close to fast food outlets is reiterated. There is an urgent need for planning laws to be modernised to reflect that evidence.