Perhaps you have seen the tweets between me and Carla about the Happy Meal. She posted her reasons FOR the Happy Meal, so here are my reasons why I am AGAINST it:
1. The Happy Meal is NOT food. It is approximately 600 calories, about 25 grams of fat, and 905 mg of sodium. It should be called the Happy box of CRAP.
2. The toy is not banned altogether, it will only be included in meals that meet certain nutritional guidelines. (meal must be fewer than 600 total calories, drink included, and the fat must make up less than 35-percent of the meal’s caloric content.) If this encourages more parents to buy less fries and more apples, then I consider that a success.
3. People do not want the government telling them what they can eat, I understand that. But the government already dictates the MAJORITY of our food choices by making crap like this so cheap and the massive subsidies to the corn industry. If people would STOP buying it altogether, perhaps companies would offer healthier options. But as we saw with the McLean Deluxe and other attempts at healthy fare, people do not buy them when given the other choices.
Instead they have brought back the McRib—“A boneless pork patty that’s deep-fried and then slathered with tangy barbecue sauce, topped with pickles and onions and served on a warm roll.”
And we wonder why our nation is so obese?!
4. People are LAZY. Many of the moms I know buy this crap because it is convenient and they are too tired, too busy, or just too lazy to bother with anything else. These are educated families that are making the CHOICE for their children. (and I am not talking about the occasional purchase, because everything in moderation.) I’m talking about the parents who make this a 3, 4, or 5x per week “meal”. We don’t want government making bad choices for us so WHY would we make the bad choices for our children?
5. I am not perfect by any means. I eat too much chocolate and drink way too much diet pepsi. I would never wish these habits on my children. I wish that someone had limited my consumption of sugar as a child because perhaps I would not be the addict that I am today? Who knows.
The bottom line is that is it about so much MORE than the dumb toy (which is probably a lead based choking hazard anyway).
We need to make changes to our food industry and the way we eat. If it takes something as small as banning a cheap little toy then I say “hooray!”