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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals....Really?

So apparently now that San Francisco has a World Series Championship to their name, they're going to to start dictating what their citizens eat.  The city's board of supervisors has apparently banned restaurants from giving away toys with food that is unhealthy.  This ordinance is supposed to kick in about a year from now, in December of 2011, but WILL allow toys to be included IF the meal, including drink, is less than 600 calories and if less than 35% of the calories are from fat.  Now the reason of course for this is to battle childhood obesity, which is a major problem in the U.S.  Now OK, they're right, kids eat too much fast food and are fat.  But it's always been a parent's right to feed their kid crap if they choose to, but it looks like that right will be taken away in San Francisco.

Happy Meals are of course the biggest focus since they are the most famous kid's meal out there.  Who can forget the joy as a kid of grabbing a happy meal and finding a classic Happy Meal Toy that promoted a new movie or cartoon.  Hell it was enough to make a kid's day back then, and for me it wasn't something I ate daily.  Sure it had no nutritional value, but in moderation, what's the problem?  I guess kid's in San Francisco can still get that joy as long as they're ordering a grilled chicken breast with carrot sticks.  Bottom line is, parents shouldn't be dumb asses and feed their kids McDonald's burgers every day, but if they choose to do so that's their right.  But now if you live in San Francisco and want to treat your kid to a traditional Happy Meal with a toy ONCE A YEAR even, not happening.  Hell we should have the choice to order a friggin McRib in a Happy Meal and make it a thousand calorie bonanza if we so desire.  Hopefully before this deal going into action, someone will remind San Francisco that this is America, and people have the freedom to eat like morons and feed their kids like morons if they choose to do so.

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