Posts Tagged ‘happy meals’
San Francisco Delays Vote On Controversial Toy Ban
Monday, October 25th, 2010
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to postpone the vote on the Toy Ban until November 2, Election Day.
A recent article from food.change.org by David Orr states, “Well, it’s probably just a political calculation. Outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom has promised a veto, and only 7 of the 8 required votes to overturn a veto are secured. Putting off the vote until after Election Day could make it a little easier to vote in favor of this bill. It could also be a sort of gift to Mayor Newsom, who is currently running for Lt. Governor of the state and has been labeled by his opponent as ‘chief of the food police.’ Politics will be politics, but the important point is that this legislation has a real chance of being passed.”
Mar Asks For Two-Week Continuance On October 19th's Scheduled Vote On Controversial Toy Ban Legislation
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
In a new sfgate.com blog post, Rachel Gordon discusses the recent events surrounding the San Fransisco Toy ban, that if passed, would take away any fast food marketing promotions in kids meals.Â According to recent reports, supervisor and creator of the controversial toy ban legislation has asked for a two-week continuance in hopes to secure a veto-proof majority.
According toÂ Rachel Gordon, Mar asked that the vote be delayed until Nov. 2, Election Day, which might be nice for Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is in a tough race for lieutenant governor.Â Newsom’s Republican opponent, Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, has attacked Newsom for being ”chief of the food police,” referring to the mayor’s earlier efforts to curb high-sugar sodas and to promote the slow-food movement.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Extend Toy Ban Legislation to Include Fast Food Breakfast Items Marketed To Adults
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
According to the Nanny State Liberation Front, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is Â not only going after kids meals, but certain breakfast items marketed to adults as well. The article states that a Sept. 27 amendment was added to the cityâ€™s proposed Happy Meal Toy Ban ordinance. â€śA new category of items â€” breakfast items â€” are required to contain 0.5 cups of fruit.” Additionally, the amendment demands that the hamburger buns or other sandwich breads used in the meals must contain at least 50 percent whole wheat.
One has to wonder what the reason is for including restrictions on the breakfast meal breads seeing that adult customers do not purchase fast-food breakfast meals because of toy incentives.
Will Kids Want to Choose a Healthier Option for a Toy?
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
September 2, 2010
I would like to shareÂ aÂ blog postÂ writtenÂ by Katherine HobsonÂ atÂ theÂ Wall Street Journal about the recent Toy Ban in California.Â This blog is related to kids marketing, however, this is not the issue in San Francisco.Â The politicians who support the Toy Ban are banking on big financial pay-offs in their upcoming elections.Â The legislation is not regarding kids or obesity, but rather for us to choose why we need elected officials who think they should supersede parental rights.Â Maybe we need elected officials who concern themselves with protecting our families from high crime, prostitution, poor health care, illegal immigrants and improving education.
If passed, legislation introduced in San Francisco â€” contrary to what you may have heard â€” would not pry your McDonaldâ€™s Happy Meal toys out of your cold, dead hands. What it would do, however, is to keep the trinkets out of meals that donâ€™t meet a set of nutritional standards.
As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, there would be a 600-calorie cap on the entire meal, with no one item containing more than 200 calories. There would be sodium and fat limits, too, and the meal would have to include fruits and veggies. Only a few types of Happy Meals would qualify, the paper says, and promotions from Burger King and Jack in the Box would also be affected.
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
Instead of Calories, Scientists Claim Chemicals are the Reasons behind Obesity
Friday, August 13th, 2010
I would like to share an article from Wall Street Journal reporter Allysia Finley regarding the real cause of obesity. Some people always blame calories for everthing, however, scientists recently discovered that chemicals like phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) might be the ultimate criminals responsible for making us fat. Phthalates are largely used in medical tubing, make-up and PVC piping; and BPA is often can often be found in bottles and food containers.
Weight-loss crazes are as American as apple pieâ€”make that Slim Fast shakes. But despite our countless diet fads, the obesity rate has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Perhaps that’s because Americans haven’t tried “The New American Diet,” which promises to reveal “why your weight isn’t your fault” and reverse “the obesogen effect.” Haven’t heard of the “obesogen effect”? You will soon enough.
As authors of “The New American Diet,” Stephen Perrine and Heather Hurlock are among a growing number of health gurus who blame America’s ballooning on “obesogenic” foods that masquerade as healthy. They don’t mean reduced-sugar Cocoa Puffs. Fruits, chicken breasts, canned vegetables, milk and other seemingly wholesome foods, they claim, contain insidious “obesogenic” pesticides and plastics that alter hormones and cause our bodies to store more fat. Their weight-loss secret? Eat organic “obesogen-free” food.
Some Parents Very Unhappy About McDonald's Being Blamed for Increase in Childhood Obesity
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Here is a blog post written by Katie Loud from http://zeldalily.com/, discussing the recent attacks on McDonald’s for contributing to an increase in childhood obesity. Loud, a mother of two, believes McDonald’s is not to blame and that there should be more parental responsibility. She shares her experience of making food choices for her children and admits she occasionally allows them to have a Happy Meal.
Loud strongly believes that less focus should be placed on fast food chains and more on increasing physical activity of children. “You know, I canâ€™t help but feel that the focus is on the path of least resistance here. Itâ€™s a lot easier toÂ point the finger at Mickey Dâ€™s or BK for foisting junk food on our children, but I very strongly believe that the bigger emphasis should be onÂ increasing physical activity,” Loud said.
Iâ€™m the first to admit that the trip to McDonaldâ€™s for a Happy Meal has been a not uncommon experience for both of my daughters. Iâ€™m very well aware that they are not the most nutritionally sound dinner options, but once in a while the little flimsy cardboard box containing McNuggets, fries, and a toy is just the way to go. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, however, is coming down hard on Happy Meals, taking the fast food giant to task for â€śpredatory marketing practicesâ€ť by using cheap plastic toys to get kids eating fatty junk.
Californiaâ€™s Santa Clara County has already taken the first step, actually banning toys from the Happy Meal package. This is in the name of combating childhood obesity,Â a cause that First Lady Michelle Obama has faced head on. As an increase in obesity rates continue, the fast food industry is facing growing pressure.
Promoting 60 minutes of regular exercise to fight childhood obesity starts at home
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Here is a Green Bay Press-Gazette article written by Kelly McBride about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that call for an hour of daily activity for children and adolescents. This article is a part of the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s efforts to explore the components of childhood obesity one-by-one as part of the Greater Green Bay: Where Kids Count community initiative.
The article stresses that getting children moving is an integral part of fighting childhood obesity and that this must start at home. “Activity is a huge piece to this â€” why we’re seeing the numbers that we’re seeing with the epidemic in this country,” said Michelle Erdmann, team leader of wellness and performance for Bellin Health, adding that change “has to start at home, with strong, active families. That’s a huge piece of it.”
There’s no question that getting kids moving is an integral part of fighting the ongoing national battle against childhood obesity. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines call for an hour of daily activity for children and adolescents, but experts say many kids are falling woefully short of that goal.
Busy lives and TV and computer “screen time” are primary culprits as too many kids get too little exercise. School gym classes and other activities can help, but doctors and health officials say meaningful change needs to begin with parents.
Yahoo! Posts ObesitySolvers Response to Unhealthy Kids Meal Menus
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Yahoo! posted our latest press release about a NYPost.com article that accused Friendly’s, a New Jersey restaurant, of contributing to childhood obesity by having high calorie meal options.
Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), suggests there should be more education for parents today. “This should not be a government issue, it should be self-regulated. Parents should have the right to choose what they want their child to eat.Â When parents are educated about meal choices, they would beÂ less likelyÂ to choose meals high in calories for their children,” said Cutler.
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Says BMI Misdiagnoses Obesity
Friday, July 30th, 2010
Here is a Nanny State Liberation Front article about Tommy Thompson, former secretary of Health and Human Services, speaking out about new health care regulations demanding obesity ratings. Thompson fears that many Americans will be misdiagnosed and classified as obese by using BMI as the classification system.
Hereâ€™s something you wonâ€™t hear from First Nanny Michelle Obamaâ€™s cheerleaders in the State-Run Media:
The former secretary of Health and Human Services said that using body mass as an indicator of obesity is an old and flawed science.
â€śAnd what Iâ€™m saying and what Iâ€™m representing is a new type of science called body composition. And body composition takes into consideration your body fat, and body fat really is a determining factor as to whether or not youâ€™re going to become obese, whether or not youâ€™re going to have hyper tension, whether or not youâ€™re going to have cardiovascular problems,â€ť Thompson said.
Thompson said body fat is the indicator of a worsening physical condition of a person, not the body mass.
He said he fears that many Americans will be misdiagnosed and classified as obese.
The â€śCommentsâ€ť section of the article needs to hear from you â€” the voice of reason and sanity â€” to let fellow Americans know they can either join the revolution against big government bureaucrats or fall victim to them.