Happy Meals getting the Ban Hammer?

According to this article on CNN, the city of San Francisco is going to try to ban any children’s meal that doesn’t meet certain nutritional standards for healthy food and has a toy from movies, possibly any kind of toy.

San Francisco’s board of supervisors is expected to formally approve a ban on most of McDonald’s Happy Meals in current form during a meeting Tuesday.

Under the proposal, McDonald’s and other restaurants would have until December 2011 to improve their meals’ nutrition with fruits and vegetables — if the chains want to keep offering Captain America figurines or toys tied with latest films.

Personally, I think this is a great idea and here’s why.  My father is constantly using fast food as dinner for his eight-year old son that he raises alone.  We could sit here and argue about how he could do things different to avoid fast food joints, but that is not the point and another discussion, so don’t be sidetracked.  The point is, he does and so do a lot of parents just like him for various reasons, justifiable or not.

Parents and some organizations are going to whine, cry and bitch about this potential ban without actually thinking about it, simply citing it as a “Parenting Issue”.  They will have a knee-jerk reaction to trying to be helped, for some of them simply because it’s “The Man” trying to help them.  For others, because they truly believe it is a parenting issue.

Those who have a knee-jerk reaction, ignore them as usual.  They never bring their own ideas to the table and any good points they do bring probably came from some other source.

Those who truly believe, are important.  They deserve to be heard, listened too and reasoned with.  Here’s my reasoning, quite simple, too:  This ban isn’t saying you can’t buy your child these meals that don’t meet the nutritional standards, it is saying you just won’t get a toy with them, instead.  Is that really so bad?

If you want the toy still, buy the unhealthy meal and pony up for the toy, because you care for your child, right?  I hate making an attack statement next, but it has to be said:  If you really cared for your kid, you wouldn’t be feeding them unhealthy fast food.  Only option you say?  Funny, San Francisco seems to be trying to do something about that without preventing you from still feeding them poorly and what was your first reaction?  Stop them from trying!

If you truly think you are a good parent, ask yourself honestly – does that sound like good parenting?


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