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Sorry Happy Meals!

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It is being reported that officials in Santa Clara County, California are looking to ban toys from being included in fast food meals. The logic is that toys make the high-calorie, low nutrition offerings too desirable for kids and if outlawed, will keep fast food out of their mouths.

If the ban is put into action, over a dozen fast food joints, including McDonalds, will be affected. It is the hope of officials that if passed, other areas of the country will follow.

A final vote will come down by the end of next month and the debate will raise one very important question:

Should this be a government issue or a parental one?

Tough call.


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58 comments to “Sorry Happy Meals!”

  1. 1

    Any child who is in the age group that would want a happy mean toy is not going to be able to get to mcdonalds or any other fast food without a parent or someone bringing them. The age that the toys appeal to dont have a say in what they eat its their parents choice. So regardless of if this passes or not the same amount of kids will be eating fast food.

  2. 2

    This is definitely a decision intended to be made by parents. However, what I've noticed, is that just because you are a parent doesn't mean you know HOW to parent. In fact, there are many parents out there who rely on society to raise their children. Because of this, I do see and understand what the local governments are trying to do: they are merely trying to assist in having people make wise decisions. Everything surrounding a child is going to influence him or her; might as well be a good one.

  3. 3

    this is definitely a parental issue…parents are the ones that buy their kids food, not the government…whatever…bunch of bs if you ask me!

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  5. 5

    As a nursing student who has an aspiration of becoming a public health advocate, I am all too aware of what obesity and high calorie high fat animal based diets are doing to the American population. It is deplorable! People are sick, depressed, and hormonally out of whack. Children can't sit still to focus on learning activities. Diabetes is becoming an epidemic. Heart disease and cancers kill so many damn people, many of whom are unable to afford good health coverage and are not covered by any form of insurance.
    I say food companies should NOT be allowed to marked CRAP FOOD to kids, and lord knows they spend billions to lure families into purchasing their terrible products. Unfortunately, people are unwilling/unable to educate themselves, so they have no idea how much these foods damage their own and their children's insides. If people were better informed, they would not be buying this crap for their families, EVER, and McDs and Pepsi would practically go out of business, and organic veggie farms would employ millions instead. I say regulate the hell out of these corporations!

  6. 6

    fuck wack-donalds. we all know ALL FAST FOOD IS BAD and we as parents need to remember that the occasional stop and grab isnt soooo bad but some people are getting out of control with it. so WHO CARES if they put a toy in there? People need to use thier brains and make a concious decison, like should I buy this garbage for myself and or kids today? marketing is what it is and will never change, so instead of taking away the toy marketing bs how about take away some of the unhealthy shit in the food…

  7. 7

    It is certainly not a government one, it is a Parental one, we say when the kids go to McDonalds, we pay the money for it, and we are the ones who at the end f the day say yes or no. I am sick of these fat kids parents or anyone else blaming the food companies, take some responsibility and if you have a problem with the food….do you know what the joy of being a parent is???? SAYING NO!

  8. 8

    The toys are the only reason my kids want to eat at these awful choices. We buy the toys and nothing else. The toy is almost the same price as a meal. So, I am paying for a toy that is normally free. Most parents aren't willing to do this. Too cheap and worried about money for their own selfish needs. I want to move to that county!

  9. SeeMe says – reply to this


    I find McDonald's practice of this to be discussing. It is poor parenting to even take a kid to McDonald's (or any fast food place) more than twice a month.

  10. 10

    Don't you just love those 'officials' - suck every bit of joy out of life… AND taking every bit of responsibility away from lazy parents. What is wrong with the world??

  11. 11

    Low income children eating at McDonalds do not deserve toys? Don't they realize? Some years, all that's under the Christmas tree is a free toy from a Happy Meal, but now that's too good for them. If they're taking the toys away and replacing fries with carrots, why don't they include free CONDOMS with Happy Meals? To Heck with pleasing kids, let's just stop makin' them!!!

  12. 12

    It is about time! I have been going to McDonald's for as long as I care to remember and EVER time I go I see that fat, slobbery kid with his face pressed up against the showcase of the toys they have this month and he is begging for the happy meal to just to get the toy.

  13. 13

    I don't think it will work. Kid's can get a toy anywhere. It's not like fast food places are the only outlets.

    Anyway, it is a parent issue. This whole thing is BS.

  14. 14

    It is about time! I have been going to McDonald's for as long as I care to remember and EVER time I go I see that fat, slobbery kid with his face pressed up against the showcase of the toys they have this month and he is begging for the happy meal to just to get the toy. It is ridiculous to pretty much encourage childhood obesity with this mentality of giving away toys with fattening food. It may not discourage the kids already hooked on the fat and grease but it will make it so that future generations arent SO "addicited" to it.

  15. 15

    not McDonalds fault….lack of educated parents that is…. should ban ignorant people to be a parent instead… there are people out there that can destroy a kids life for making wrong decissions as is feeding them with junk food…

  16. 16

    I live in Santa Clara, and find it kind of sad to hear…I mean yes I don't have kids, but I believe they have come along way in their happy meals, providing fuit etc, and growing up, it was like a treat to get that. but I think as generations went on, we relied on that food instead of cooking a home cooked meal. Now when my lil cousin grew up..that girl had millions of toys from mcdonalds that my grandma has kept..and I find it funny that she has kept them since my cousin is now 17 lmao

  17. 17

    parental. maybe parents should learn to stop serving shit to their kids.

  18. 18

    what a bunch of shit! give the kids a toy, it sure isnt going to stop the parents from buying dinner.

  19. 19

    Re: Perfectcover – i couldn't agree with you more!!!

  20. 20

    I don't think the toy is going to affect anything. Kids will still get their happy meals because they really want the food and the parents think it's fast and easy.

  21. 21

    The only reason my boys want happy meals is for the toys. I may take them to Mickey D's once in a blue moon. And they get apples and milk instead of fries and a soda. I guess that's a compromise.

  22. 22

    lol this is the funniest thing i've ever heard….kids these days are so spoiled! a mcdonalds toy isn't the highlight of their day, they go to mcdonalds to eat and the toy is an extra treat. If anything people bring their children to mcdonalds when they are to lazy to cook or for a special occasion it's the parents choice kids don't get to choose whether they go to mcdonalds are not…fuck some people are such idiots

  23. 23

    I think it's becoming increasinly obvious that parents aren't setting limits when it comes to what their children consume. Food has become synomous with reward. This is of course not good when our kids have become so lazy that cleaning their own room is cause for said reward.

  24. 24

    OK, so ban the CHEETOS tiger, ban the CUTE M&M's on tv, ban the POLAR BEAR that coca-cola uses, let me see, hmmmm…. what else promotes kids to eat crappy food?? Let me see, parents who work too many hours and can't be bothered to cook a home-cooked meal??? DUH!!! There are plenty of cooking shows that show you how to make a quick meal, there's not need to blame FAST FOOD!!!!!! I'm so disgusted I can't speak!!!!!

  25. 25

    This is stupid. Plain and simple.

    If the goverment is so worried maybe they should force grocery stores to make healthy food cheaper. Right now it's 5 times more expensive to eat healthy then it is to eat junk food and shit food. Fuck, open some fast food places that throw salad at their customers. Why punish the children for their fat parents?

  26. 26

    That is the most stupid thing I have ever heard. Are they going to make cereal manufacturers take the toys out of all of those high sugar, fattening breakfast cereals? I don't want big brother controlling my life…why don't we rely on a little personal responsibility when it comes to our lives and those of our children?!

  27. 27

    Of course it's a parental issue. However I doubt the toy has much to do with why these meals sell. It's more the advertising. Remember when there used to be cigarette ads. People looked so young, happy and healthy in those. Same with beer ads nowadays. McDonalds are selling a package deal; fun, value and convenience. You could put any toy into a fun meal but if it had tofu sald, a side of alfalfa sprouts and big old glass of carrot juice there's not many kids who would want it because that food itself is not fun. Until the world slows down and families start eating home cooked meals at home together, McDonals will keep on selling their crap toy or not.

  28. 28

    Besides the fact that it is a parental problem…the other issue is that fact that a crappy food costs $1 and good food cost $10. That's the REAL problem. It is cheaper for a low income family to purchase off the $1 menu than it is to cook at home. The damn toy is just icing on the cake…not the real problem.

  29. 29

    Re: jonahsmomi – That's not true. You can cook your family a nutritious meal for less than going to McDonald's. For a family of 4, the cost of 2 happy meals and 2 adult meals is probably around $12, or more. You can easily cook your family a healthy meal from fresh vegetables and lean meats for under $10. Grocery stores (at least in the UK) are making fresh foods affordable for this reason. Sainsbury's have "feed your family for a fiver", proving that you can cook a well-balanced meal for 4 people for just £5. People constantly complain that unhealthy food is cheaper, but it's not, unless you're too lazy to cook. If someone is obese and unhealthy, they usually have no one to blame but themselves for having unhealthy eating habits, which they probably learned from their parents.
    It's the parents' fault, not McDonald's. I got a happy meal as a child once every 1 or 2 months, at the very most, as a treat. I now eat healthy and very rarely eat crap.

  30. 30

    This is a PARENTAL issue..children don't hop in the car and take a ride to Mcdonalds..they are brought there by ADULTS…parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles..etc. Why can't the government BACKOUT and let us live our lives!

  31. 31

    Re: Perfectcover – Some parents may not be the best or know 'how to parent' but does that mean the government DOES know how to be a parent? nope.

  32. 32

    I know times are different now, but when I was young I was only able to go to Mcdonalds when I was with my grandma every few weeks and I would look foward to that toy I saw on the commercial that entire time. As a parent now my girls enjoy the meals that include apples and chicken with a chocolate or white milk. If a crappy toy that will get thrown away the nexy day makes them happy, why not? We need to lead by example as to what is healthy on the menu and how often we go.

  33. 33

    Re: Rikkles – I loved the toys and I also looked forward to them. I think the problem is that for many families, it's not a once in a while treat for children, it's an everyday thing now.
    I knew people in the US that I worked with that ate McDonald's or Burger King every single day, and they barely made it through the work day due to that food. They weren't necessarily obese, but the food makes you feel terrible and sluggish. That can't be good for you! On the rare occasions I did eat fast food, I also felt terrible.

  34. 34

    Parental Issue fersure!!! Makes sense though that these trixy companies thought up toys with the meal to lure kids in… Never really thought of it before but OF COURSE that would make the kids want to come back for more…

  35. 35

    The government serves crap food like chicken mcnuggets in school cafeterias every school day across this country…now they want to ban toys in McD's hoping to sway parents and their kids away from junk food? One more step towards losing our personal rights here people, don't you see this?

  36. 36

    It's a parental issue…

    ..instead of banning the toys, try making them correct the FOOD! Granted, fast food shouldn't be a daily event for kids, but even if they go once a month, it's still an unhealthy meal. Removing the toy may or may NOT kill the appeal, but fixing the quality of the food is better for them..

  37. 37

    i hate middle america, their limited thinking power and their myopic vision. toys don't make children FAT, parents make children FAT.

  38. 38

    LOL looking back, I remember I wanted Mcdonalds so that I can collect those power rangers (LOL I know, I don't even play with them, I eventually grew up and gave em away to those donation things), and I went to Burger King (which I didn't like at first, but it became an only option in college as a burger joint nearby) for those gold-plated pokemon things … it was gold and i wanted it … now i don't even know where they are … anyways yeah toys attract kids, hands down, but instead of killing the fun, let's just re-do the menu … I mean subway is really more of an appeal now to me than Mcdonalds, not because it's just more healthy, but that it's actually delicious! omg a sandwich for a good price … anyways, I guess it should not be just government, but education is more important and teach parents and kids how to choose better foods. Get better quality learning toys somewhere else. Teach em to search the internet for information.

  39. 39

    Re: highAboveManHttn – You do realise this story is about California, which certainly isn't middle America!

  40. 40

    I think the problem is everyone should MIND THEIR FUCKING BUSINESS!!!!!

    Worry about what goes into your OWN child's mouth and I'll do the same. Why the hell do you care what I feed MY FAMILY and whether or not WE are fat. How is that any concern OF YOURS OR THE GOVERNMENT?????

    You are all stupid if you think not putting a toy in a damn box is going to work. Damn fools! I don't understand why everyone is so nosey and concerned with everyone elses business.

  41. 41

    i would rather hack off my arm and feed it to my child than take her to eat at mcdonald's. i wish there were a way to get people more interested in nutrition education for themselves and their families, but i don't think it should be enforced by the gov't. too many parents get into bad habits and it's hard to change them once they've set in… they give in to whatever the kids want just to get them to stop whining.

  42. 42

    Talk about Burgermeister Miesterburger!

  43. 43

    That's like killing my childhood memories.

  44. 44

    Re: Brooklyn Chick – In the UK, my money goes to the NHS, which pays to keep obese people with health problems alive! That's why some of us care. Another reason could be that we care about the well-being of others, and eating crap like McDonald's everyday will kill you.

  45. 45

    i want a happy meal

  46. 46

    Wish MY parents had informed me of what I was actually putting in my stomach as a kid. Kids ask for the junk food simply for the stupid toy.

  47. 47

    Re: Serena Loves Mario
    It's ok to care about other people, but my issue is when you push YOUR views and YOUR beliefs onto others.
    Yes, we all know fast food isn't good for you but no one should care about what goes into my body except me….PERIOD. So because you dont want to eat a cheeseburger, me and my family can't either??? (thats a general question).
    Its more important to me to catch child abusers, child molesters, rapists and murderers then it is how many cheeseburgers someone 600 miles away feeds their child. If you wanna be fat, that's your business, I don't give a hell.

  48. 48

    Re: Brooklyn Chick – I'm not trying to tell you that you can't eat a cheeseburger. I think it's wrong you're not teaching your children healthy eating habits, because it will be a difficult life for them, full of heart disease and obesity. I think you're lazy for not cooking them well-balanced meals, but you can do whatever you want.
    You're going a bit overboard here, acting as if I'm trying to shut down your precious McDonald's.

  49. 49

    Fact check:
    This ban isn't about taking away toys completely. They want to take toys away from the highest calorie Happy Meals. They want to have children select the "healthier" meal with apple slices and milk instead of fries and soda. They want to ban the toys from the meals with over something like 600 calories and an insane amount of sodium. The kids can still get their damned toy, but with a meal with less calories!

  50. 50

    Re: EarthWindFire82 – They are doing that, Perez needs to get his facts checked. Instead of them banning toys all together, they are trying to create a healthier alternative for kids to choose from. The toy is only banned from the higher calorie Happy Meals. Ones with apples and milk are just fine and will get toys.

  51. 51

    Come on people… If you dont want you kids to get big and fat DON'T buy them the McDonalds!! I'm not sure how many 3-5 year olds can get to McDonalds on their own.

  52. 52

    Since you are so into discrimination Mario, I think this is discrimination against minors, LOL!

  53. 53

    Finally a good idea coming out of the US!

  54. 54

    Re: Serena Loves Mario
    see this is why people should read because if not, you sound like a fool. did you not understand that it was a general question, not pointed at one specific person???
    regardless, what you think of me really doesn't matter. don't you get it…you are no one to me, you and your opinion don't matter. whats worse is you look like an ass for assuming im lazy and dont cook and for assuming i dont teach my children healthy eating habits. not once did i state that me and my family eat fast food, not once did i state that cheeseburgers are good. my point through all this is I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE EATS BUT ME AND MY FAMILY and you should do the same. MIND YOUR BUSINESS!!!!

    why is it any of your business if i am lazy or we do eat fast food???? right….it's not.

  55. 55

    Re: Brooklyn Chick – I think I get what Serena loves Mario is saying: Junk food + obese kids = can kill. Too many Americans are already unhealthy, kids are being raised on bad habits (therefore they know no other way). When things are going down fast n people who SHOULD be responsible aren't doing what's right SOME ONE needs to step in. I hope a previous comment is correct that they will only offer toys in the healthy alternative ie: nuggets w/apple slices n a juice?!? Happy Healthy Meal! Would be nice that when we are lucky enough to have choices that we make the correct ones; otherwise they can be taken away. Use Logic People

  56. 56

    I don't think they should do that. Parents and control how much of fast their kids eat, I grew only getting Mcdonalds every once in while. if parent are so concernt they should just make the rule of getting once a month or every week whatever works for them. And also seriously, what about what kids eat in there own home?

  57. 57

    Good Lord. I saw one of the lefty wackos on TV who promoted this. Her excuse was that the "nag factor" was overwhelming. If she can't grow up enough to deal with her nagging little kids she should give them away and keep the government out of our lives. Why should everyone be punished because she's a lousy parent. But that's a lefty for you. Immature and unable to handle real responsibility. Liberals need a nanny state because they're incapable of personal responsibility.

  58. 58

    It's a parental issue and the government needs to back the fuck off. Parents need to teach their kids healthy eating habits and keep them active. It's really not that hard people!