It appears that McDonald’s “Happy Meal” toys and other promotions that come with high-calorie children’s meals will soon be banned in parts of California, unless the restaurants in question meet certain nutritional guidelines.
In favor of such a ban are public health administrators, parents, and physicians.
Opposed to such a ban are fast-food franchisees, other parents, and fans of fast-food toys, who say the promotions are often used to provide Christmas presents for poor children.
Physicians point out that the toys are a powerful lure for children, encouraging them to eat unhealthy food, which then helps cause obesity. Many parents buy the unhealthy food for their children specifically because toys come with the meal!
Here’s my take on this problem: again, parents are not parenting.