It's up to you, America, to turn that frown upside down! Don't let the nanny state get away with dictating to parents how and what their own kids eat.
What the heck took San Francisco so long to officially draft a law banning toys in kids’ Happy Meals? As the NSLF reported on July 7, City Supervisor Eric Mar has been plotting against Ronald McDonald since April to kill the incentive for kids to crave his Happy Meals.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s proposed crackdown on Happy Meals could have a “far greater impact” than a similar ban recently enacted by Santa Clara County, Calif.
“The restrictions would pertain to all restaurants but effectively would target the dozens of fast-food establishments in the city, among them McDonald’s, Jack in the Box and Burger King,” the Chronicle reports. “San Francisco’s legislation would not prohibit toy giveaways outright, but limit them to menu items that meet strict nutrition guidelines.”
In plain English, Mar’s law would outlaw any kids’ meal from containing more than 600 calories or 480 milligrams of sodium, effectively eliminating fast-food restaurants from serving hamburgers and french fries to children in Happy Meal-type menu offerings.
“Our legislation will encourage restaurants that offer unhealthy meals marketed toward children and youth to offer healthier food options with incentive items or toys,” Mar said. “It will help protect the public’s health, reduce costs to our health care system and promote healthier eating habits.”
The proposed law also dictates that Happy Meals include fruits and vegetables, though no indication has been given if ketchup, french fries and pickles meet Mar’s standards of approval. The only thing we do know is that Happy Meals “at least a half-cup of fruit and three-quarters of a cup of vegetables” must be included in the boxes that used to contain fun food and toys for kids.
“Toy bans are only proven to disappoint kids, frustrate parents and generate headlines for ambitious politicians,” Daniel Conway, director of public affairs for the California Restaurant Association, told the Chronicle. “The Board of Supervisors needs to stop gorging on political gimmicks and instead focus on creating jobs in their city.”
At the time of this posting, only 3 comments have been made on the Chronicle’s report, all of which oppose the city’s proposed ban on Happy Meals. Be sure to add your two cents and smack the voice of reason in to readers and City Council members who believe it’s big government’s role to tell parents how and what to feed their own children.
Tell City Supervisor Eric Mar to back-off and butt-out of parents’ roles in determining what’s best for their own kids to eat. Here’s his contact information:
Eric Mar’s Facebook page
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244
San Francisco, Ca 94102-4689
(415) 554-7410 – voice
(415) 554-7415 – fax