Not So Happy Meal
May 3, 2010 by admncc
For years I’ve had a funny saying about California. It basically goes something like this: If it’s strange legislation, it probably originated in CA. Today’s topic is a perfect example.
My friend Jen (from Hope Studios) and I were discussing an article, and as parents, both of us had strong opinions about it. The Los Angeles Times featured an extraordinary story about Santa Clara County. Apparently, one county supervisor there has a very strange vision…
“Convinced that Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children could make kids fat as well as happy, county officials in Silicon Valley are poised to outlaw the little toys that often come with high-calorie offerings. Believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the proposal would forbid the inclusion of a toy in any restaurant meal that has more than 485 calories, more than 600 mg of salt or high amounts of sugar or fat. In the case of McDonald’s, the limits would include all of the chain’s Happy Meals – even those that include apple sticks instead of French fries.” You can read the complete article here.
Jen and I both decided to feature this article, since we have different audiences. And wow, the moms are fired up over on her site. You can check out her post on this topic here.
So… Even if you’re not a parent, surely you’ll have an opinion on this matter. Therefore, I just have one question… Is it good “healthy” business or could it be construed that the local government is meddling into parenting?