Happy Meal Toys Banned in Santa Clara

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Source: latimes.com - Read the full article
Posted: 3 years 51 weeks ago

Happy Meal toys and other promotions that come with high-calorie children's meals will soon be banned in parts of Santa Clara County unless the restaurants meet nutritional guidelines approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors.

"This ordinance prevents restaurants from preying on children's' love of toys" to sell high-calorie, unhealthful food, said Supervisor Ken Yeager, who sponsored the measure. "This ordinance breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes."

Voting against the measure was Supervisor Donald Gage, who said parents should be responsible for their children.

"If you can't control a 3-year-old child for a toy, God save you when they get to be teenagers," he said. Gage, who is overweight, said he was a living example of how obese children can become obese adults.

But he questioned the role of fast-food toys. "When I was growing up in Gilroy 65 years ago, there were no fast-food restaurants," Gage said.

The board, whose jurisdiction extends only to the unincorporated parts of the county, including much of Silicon Valley, voted 3 to 2 in favor of the ban after a contentious meeting that included more than an hour of testimony on both sides.

In favor of the item were public health administrators, parents and doctors; opposed were fast-food franchisees, other parents, and fans of fast-food toys who said the promotions are often used to provide Christmas presents for poor children.

Dr. Dan Delgado, director of a county program that targets childhood obesity, said the toys are a powerful lure for children, encouraging them to eat unhealthy food, which then helps cause obesity.

Delgado told the supervisors that parents who come into his clinic say they often buy Happy Meals and other fast food for their children because of the toys that are included. Delgado said that the obese children coming into his clinic include a 5-year-old with Type-2 diabetes.

But Steve Peat, who owns seven McDonald's franchises in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, said he and his wife work hard to promote healthy lifestyles for children through their restaurants. Peat said that they have donated funds for children's sports and other activities, and recently won an award for community service from the McDonald's Corp.

The toys won't disappear right away.

As a compromise to win majority support, the five-member board agreed to put off implementing the measure for 90 days, to give the fast-food industry time to come up with a voluntary program for improving the nutritional value of children's meals.

 

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Fast food is not good for health and this is also the reason for weight gain. many people who are suffering with type 2 diabetes have the problem of overweight and eating more fast food may also the cause for their overweight. I am also Type 2 diabetes and I always like to eat Foods that Lower Blood Sugar and will help me to control my diabetes.
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3dGameMan wrote:

Well, the public school my daughter goes to has a 'eat healthy policy'. So really no junk food sold in school and none can be brought in for lunches and such. And now the school board is passing new 'eating healthy' legislation that will take effect over the coming years.

I believe eating healthy has to start very young :)

Jamie Oliver has it right: http://www.jamieoliver.com/school-dinners

My kids told me they would rather not eat at school. I don't understand because it was fine when I was growing up and going to school. They always come home hungry and I found out all they ever eat are the crackers and not much of anything else. When they come home from school they run for the snacks. Most the snacks in my house are apples and other fruits, nuts and healthy salt and butter free popcorn and stuff. I buy two bags of apples a week for my kids. It's a fact they will eat healthy if programmed at an early age and given less choices for cheap junk.

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Well, the public school my daughter goes to has a 'eat healthy policy'. So really no junk food sold in school and none can be brought in for lunches and such. And now the school board is passing new 'eating healthy' legislation that will take effect over the coming years.

I believe eating healthy has to start very young :)

Jamie Oliver has it right: http://www.jamieoliver.com/school-dinners

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My personal thoughts on this matter concludes that governing bodies have all lost their freaking minds! Even if their was no toy they would still be eating Mc'Donalds because their parents are buying the food. As someone else points out our schools are being run by these cheap-skate government officials that allow such things as french fries to be counted as a vegetable! WTH!? And they feed your kids far worse at school! It's amazing that there is just no common sense anymore with todays leaders and the people in general are clueless to any regards of health, money and management.

Watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (2010) and you will see the real problems with overweight kids! It's not the F'ing toys! People don't cook heathy food, no mystery here, but lets remove the happy from the box anyway.. sad, misguided waste of tax payers money and time.