Parents Say: Ban The Toys If You Want â€¦ My Kids Will Still Ask for Happy Meals
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
September 1, 2010
I would like to share a blogÂ postÂ onÂ blogher.com by Jill Miller ZimonÂ regardingÂ some of the opinionsÂ from parentsÂ surrounding the recent San Francisco ToyÂ BanÂ legislation.
The toy ban that is trying to be passed through legislation will ban an â€śincentiveâ€ť (aka toys), if a single food item has more than 200 calories or if the entire meal is more than 600 calories, which means too bad for children who choose McDonaldsâ€¦a typical hamburger has at least 250 calories! Â There will also be limits on fat and sodium intake as well.
The legislation has gained attention of many bloggers following the subject with several different opinions.Â In reply to an Eat Drink Better post by Jeannie Moulton, a follower stated:
â€śBan the toys if you want â€¦ my kids would ask for Happy Meals even if they came without a toy. They actually enjoy that conglomeration of chemicals & processed food particles that McDonald’s calls chicken nuggets. But as their PARENT, I make the CHOICE not to feed them that garbage except on extremely rare occasions, even though they often whine & beg. Not only that, I EXPLAIN to them WHY I don’t allow them to have it. That’s really the problem here — toys may be a marketing tool to encourage children to ask their parents for a product â€¦ but ultimately it’s up to the parent to say NO, not the government to make laws banning toys or even ingredients.â€ť