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@teamrose (1499)
United States
March 30, 2010 2:45pm CST
The Happy Meal Toy! A child's "Happy Meal" may soon be a little less happy in Santa Clara County, where a local official wants to prevent fast-food restaurants from giving away inexpensive toys with kids' orders. http://www.sandiego6.com/news/state/story/California-official-says-toys-and-fast-food-dont/avDe9vnMwky0NVrtDHWm3w.cspx Hm, a "Fat-Panel"? Interviewed on Fox this morning when asked why parents can't make the choice he said the problem was so huge that parents needed help making the choice!
4 responses
@RawBill1 (8537)
• Gold Coast, Australia
30 Mar 10
It is worth a try. It is my opinion that enticing kids to eat junk food by offering free toys is morally wrong and should be outlawed. There are far too many health problems in western societies these days and the majority of this blame has to lie with fast food corporations and the media that promote them. I have watched TV during kids programming times and seen how they operate. It is disgusting if you ask me. Perhaps I am too opinionated on this subject, but am I wrong to care about the health of our children?
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
31 Mar 10
I respectfully disagree and put the blame on the kids' parents. I'm not saying big corporations (food, media, etc.) don't have some fault in this, but it's still the parents' responsibility. The kids, especially the ones eating food served with toys, aren't buying these food items, the parents are. So parents need to do a better job of controlling what the kids eat. Government has no role in this as far as I'm concerned. And I too care about the health of our kids...I just want parents to do a better job of parenting.
@RawBill1 (8537)
• Gold Coast, Australia
31 Mar 10
Governments do have a role to play in this as they want the world to be sick. They make it hard for organic farmers to and herbalists to make a living, but they are hand in hand with the big fast food and pharmaceutical giants of the world. I agree that parents need to take responsibility as well, but most would not know what food truly was healthy as they have grown up believing everything they hear and see on TV. After doing research on these things over the last few years, I know I no longer believe what I was always led to believe about good healthy foods. The governments and big corporations like Monsanto are playing a cruel and greedy game with the world that is very scary. This is whole other subject, so I won't go into it here, but please look into it. The planet is in danger!
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
1 Apr 10
Why does everything think government must do everything? It's really overstepping its bounds, both feds and state. Rather than get rid of the toy or tell McDonald's how to market their food, why don't officials like that work on one of the REAL causes of obesity--the lack of freshly cooked food at home because mom and dad are both busting their butts trying to make ends meet. If one of them could work less or better still, stay home to raise their children, they could cook fresh food that is healthy for the kids. Far-fetched idea? Sure, but until we get back to the nuclear family with one parent at home, there's not much that will permanently improve. If we could allow one parents to be home for the kids we would see a drop in obesity, crime, dropping out of school, bullying, and so many other things.
@laglen (19778)
• United States
31 Mar 10
Well, I am glad of that. Those toys have WAY too many calories! Goodness, it was the healthiest thing in the box! People need to mind their own stinkin business.
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Thank you, Nanny Yeager. Now shut up and leave me to my Happy Meal and toy... What don't these people understand about freedom, personal responsibility, etc.?