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San Francisco Happy Meal Ban

I'm Asking: What Do You Think of the Ban on Happy Meals?

Do you think it's OK for the government to ban a company product, particularly McDonald's Happy Meals? San Francisco is the first city to rule that restaurants can't serve free toys with meals that contain more than 600 calories, and a certain amount of sugar and fat, reports the Los Angeles Times. Further, the city's board of supervisors ordained that fruit and vegetables should be served with meals that come with toys.

This move against serving kids junk food with free toys is brought about by the nationwide child obesity epidemic that Supervisor Eric Mar says "is making our kids sick, particularly kids from low income neighborhoods, at an alarming rate. It's a survival issue and a day-to-day issue." Mar adds that the money that will be spent to fight diseases triggered by obesity will cost up to billions of dollars. I'm asking, is this Happy Meal ban a savvy move?

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vabeachbum vabeachbum 6 years
I think there are bigger issues to be addressed than whether or not Happy Meals are bad. Childhood obesity is a social problem, not a nutritional one. Some people literally do not have access to fresh food on a daily basis due to geography or transportation issues. Some parents are forced to work crazy long hours and don't have time to cook meals for their children everyday. It doesn't help that school cafeteria food is worse nutritionally than any fast food kids meal. Maybe we should be doing something to fix the conditions that lead to children eating fast food everyday rather than legislating useless bans and judging parents who are doing the best they can.
yoshi22 yoshi22 6 years
Better parenting and food nutrition education is important to address the issue of childhood obesity. At the same time, incentives like toys or close proximity to a school need to be analyzed as well. McDonalds needs to provide/promote healthy options at an affordable price. Apples with caramel sauce in a happy meal doesn't count.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 6 years
I think the ban is great. Now maybe they should ban McDonalds as well, or get them to use better quality food. I mean to each his own but i've stopped eating McDonalds because i've gotten sick more than once from them. If I had a child I would not take them there.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 6 years
Lame. My mom was a single working mother and sometimes fast food was the only option. We turned out fine. Besides, happy meals are cute!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I disagree with the ban, but this (among many other reasons) is why I don't live in San Francisco. They're free to do what they choose. (Within certain limits, of course.)
msame msame 6 years
San Francisco, you need to get over yourself. Why are you taking the fun out of being a kid? You might as well kill off all the sugar cereal mascots while you're at it. I feel that the fast food empire has already taken a big step by offering fruits and other less calorie laden options. What upsets me the most is that they're banning or taking away the option. If they really wanted to punish people for making unhealthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their children, couldn't they just have slapped a sin tax on all fast foods?
weffie weffie 6 years
I just think it's commendable that they're actually taking on such a huge company in the name of good health. In just about every industry (tobacco, pharmaceutical, auto) our governments sell us out and let the corporations hurt us as much as they want. I'm curious as to why Happy Meals are getting all the attention though... does this mean that the kids' meals at Burger King and Taco Bell fit into the nutritional guidelines? Or just that McDonald's is more popular/worth talking about in the news?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
I am kind of on both sides of the fence. On one side, I cringe when I know kids are eating out almost every night. I personally don't think children under 5 should be eating fast food...I never did. McDonalds was like a "special" night - not a go to meal. Then, on the other side, you can't tell someone how to be a parent...
ashleyheatherr ashleyheatherr 6 years
I agree with 2 and 4. We have other things to worry about! Come on San Fran.
juicebox07 juicebox07 6 years
I agree with #2. I ate happy meals as a kid, and I never became obese. The parents actions prove a big part in child obesity. Parents need to set boundaries for their kids when it comes to foods, but I see nothing wrong with a kid eating a happy meal every once in a while.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
silly. but then the city of berkeley has a sign up that declares itself a "nuclear free zone" while UC Berkeley's nuclear engineering department (just 40 yards from an active earthquake fault by the way) houses a nuclear reactor. the bay area likes isn't troubled by things like logic :)
amytnguyen amytnguyen 6 years
The reason why kids are obese is due to bad parenting...not the availability of happy meals.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
It's controversial. Personally, I think it's a good move. Way to go, San Francisco.
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