Monday, November 15, 2010

Don't take away my Happy Meal Toy!

I'm a mom. I've been thru the McDonald's drive thru a zillion times while my kids were younger and my children are not obese. I believe that everything should be done in moderation.
So here's a story that really got my blood boiling! Perhaps you've read it yourself.
The mayor of San Fransisco, Gary Newsom vetoed ( for once someone has their head screwed on correctly ! Yeah Gary!! ) on Friday legislation approved by the Board of Supervisors that would prohibit fast-food restaurants from giving away toys in kids meals sold in San Francisco unless they meet a strict set of nutritional standards of reduced calories, salt, fat and sugar, and also contain fruits and vegetables.
Despite Newsom's opposition, the law may still end up on the books. The board passed it on an 8-3 vote Tuesday, the minimum needed to override a veto. An override vote has not been scheduled.
Why if my kids are teens and we've outgrown the meals do I feel so strongly about this?
I personally don't need the city or federal government deciding what is ok for me to consume or receive in a Happy Meal. When are people going to wise up and call it quits? You won't be able to control behavior by getting rid of a toy in a meal.
I've thrown out a lot of Happy Meal toys at the bottom of the toy box ... I sure hope they don't become collector's items... or maybe they already have.
I sure hope McDonald's wins this one. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. Argh! I heard about that. Flagstaff, AZ school district is sending home letters to parents telling them their specific children are obese (They've even had a doctor examine them!) All the while they are serving chicken nuggets, pizza and tater tots for school lunches...Seriously, some parents do need to make better choices, but I'm thinking this isn't the best way to support them.

    I don't support Mickey D's for a number of reasons, but providing toys in Happy Meals isn't one of them. I remember Brandi loving her little surprise...and she was thin as a rail :-)