If you want to know the core reason America has a growing obesity problem, just take a look at how many cars are parked under the golden arches of McDonald’s (MCD) restaurants at any time of the day.
Government standards as well as health-promoting groups have forced some changes in the way McDonald’s prepares its fast food, but there’s little doubt that eating there is still basically an unhealthy choice.
MCD stock certainly hasn’t been an unhealthy choice for shareholders, though. MCD stock has advanced 267% over the past ten years, right in step with earnings. Despite three straight months of falling same-store sales, MCD stock has held up quite nicely since October.