In a time where almost everyone in the US is a fatty, government is taking the steps to ‘do whats best for us’. First step… Banning Happy meals and other fast food packages that entice kids like a trenchcoated man with a lollipop. The plan is being proposed in San Francisco, and the ban will also enlarge itself to encompass ANYTHING with too much sugar, fat or salt. Right now the only location with anything like this would be the local government of Santa Clara County. But San Francisco cant let someone be more progressive and liberal than them! That’s just crazy!
The legislation in Santa Clara only applies to unincorporated areas and doesn’t affect ALL restaraunts. Whats being proposed in San Fran would affect everything, not just Mcdonalds hapy meals. Jack in the Box, Burger King, Taco Bell etc. The reasoning behind this was explained further by the biggest sponsor of the legislation, Eric Mar… “It will help protect the public’s health, reduce costs to our health care system and promote healthier eating habits.”
The ‘Healthy Meal’ legislation (haha, see not ‘happy’, but ‘healthy’.. those clever bastards in the governement) wants to set specific nutritional standards for any meals that come with toys. So when Fatty Mclittlekid, throws a tantrum with mommy and daddy for a Happy Meal, hes getting a meal with veggieburgers, and fruit. Say bye-bye to fries…
So what are we supposed to think about this?? Happy that kids may eat healthier through fast foodrestaraunts? Or pissed off that government is tightening the noose on our freedoms neck? In one hand kids are obese and developing ridiculous fat related diseases by puberty and the parents arent doing shit about it and most likely suffering from diabetes themselves. People have low self control… if they can get away with collecting an unemployment check, eating fast food daily, and not moving from a couch, THEY WILL. Do I think government should tell us what we can eat? Tell us if we can smoke? Tell us if we can or cannot perform sodomy on a consenting adult? NO. We are supposed to be free and able to make our own choices. If a kid turns into a blimp, then take the fucking kid away! Put him in a fat camp/foster home. Parents should be taking care of their kids, and helping them avoid a steady diet of lard, soda and fast food. If they cant do that, just like if they cant stop them from doing drugs, or leaving them in dangerous situations, then take them away until the parent gives a shit.
All in all, if they outlaw using toys to entice kids to eat at fast food spots its no sweat off my sack. It may help little kids, and avoid the marketing trap that fast food companies have cleverly created, but at what cost? Trans fats have been made illegal, soon kiddie toys in meals, people are suing companies for ‘making them fat’… it’s a double edged sword, damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Could this lead to governments monitoring peoples food intake and waist lines? Who knows? What do you think?