A new law passed on Tuesday in California’s Silicon Valley bans toys in unhealthy kids meals. They are setting basic nutritional standards and will only allow toys in those meals that meet these standards. To me this seems fair. It’s not saying you can’t use the toy gimmick. It’s just saying you have to use it to entice kids to eat foods that are good for them (relatively) and not contributed to their demise.
I’m not a fast food proponent. I think it is easy to make a nutritious meal very quickly so don’t see fast food being the only “fast’ option. I don’t intend on it being a mainstay or even common for me to feed to my own future children and RARELY ate it when I was a kid. I do know that sometimes you have to eat on the go, though, so we need to make it as healthy as possible to do so.
I hate commercials for sugary cereals that use cartoon characters to appeal to children or tout their healthy whole grains (which is really a whole other can of worms) and I think toys in happy meal are in the same boat.
Joe Camel has disappeared for the reason that he appealed to children and obviously smoking is not a good thing to draw them to.
How is calorie-ridden, nutritionally void, fast food and the little plastic car that turns into a dinosaur or secret decoder ring in the bag any different? It’s not in my book.
A recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control) shows that obesity is close to surpassing tobacco use as the leading cause of preventable death. In 2000 smoking was the leading cause of 435,000 deaths while obesity (bad diet and lack of exercise) led to 400,000 deaths. 64% of the American population is overweight or obese and by 2020, 20% of healthcare spending will be on obesity related diseases and conditions.
Do I seem passionate about this?! I don’t hate fast food, but I do think it could be healthIER and should be a rare treat ( I do love me some MickeyD’s fries once in a blue moon) not a common meal especially for children.
California was also the first state to ban soda in public schools. Props to California! Save our kids! Texas, whatchya doin?
What do you think about it all?/Toys in fast food meals?/Cartoon characters for unhealthy kids foods?
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