McDonald's Toys to be Banned ???

Nov 9, 2010

I don't know if any of you is aware of this or not, but my DH told me that McDonald's toys, which come with "Happy Meals" for kids, are going to get banned as this UNHEALTHY food is causing weight gain and children are getting addicted to it due to those toys.
I told this REALLY BAD ;) news to my 10-years-old brother and he made sad "O" mouth which made me laugh :D

here is an extract from a site:
The measure, believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, is being introduced in Santa Clara County, an area of 1.7 million people that includes Silicon Valley.

One quarter of children in the area are overweight or obese and officials say they are tackling an "obesity epidemic".They said toys were being used to lure children to high calorie foods loaded with salt.

Ken Yeager, the county supervisor behind the ban, said: "This prevents restaurants from preying on children's love of toys to peddle high calorie, high fat, high sodium kids' meals. It breaks the link between unhealthy food and prizes."

Food outlets will be stopped from offering toys with meals that do not meet a set of basic nutrition standards. There will be a limit of 485 calories per meal.

But Harlan Levy of McDonald's disagreed, saying: "It substitutes the county's judgment for the judgment of parents. It does nothing to address a holistic response to the problem."

Happy Meals were introduced in 1979 and since then, toys offered with food have become increasingly elaborate.


{ Noor } at: November 19, 2010 at 2:49 AM said...

Asalam Alaykum,

You know I totally agree with this. My son always wants this just for the stupid cheap toy. In the states you can choose fruit and other healthy options with kids meals but not here in KSA and that's not really fair. Toys no matter how stupid sway kids. NOT only that they are made in China and not even safe.

{ Kashmeena } at: November 19, 2010 at 11:19 PM said...

exactly sis Noor I was also appreciating this step but you know what, we are still getting toys with kid meal as my younger brother bought that on Eid...I don't know what they are thinking!!!

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