The board of supervisors in Santa Clara County just voted to take the fun out of “happy meals”. If the popular child-size meals don’t meet certain nutritional standards it will be illegal to give away promotional toys with them.
This of course is yet another symbolic gesture aimed at curbing childhood obesity that’s been enacted by people who have no real understanding of the problem. They just know that they’re smarter than you and that it’s their duty to help you run your life.
Reading the quotes from board president Ken Yeager in this New York Times article showed just how clueless our politicians can be. Ken doesn’t have any children of his own, but he’s quite confident he knows how to best help you raise yours.
He claims the new law would level “the playing field by taking away the incentive to choose fatty, sugary foods over healthier options.” Sorry Ken, you can take away the toy, but the fatty, sugary foods are still going to taste good to kids. Supermarkets sell plenty of candy, cookies, chips and other junk food without the need to include a cheap plastic trinket.
Mr. Know-it-all believes that children are choosing their meal based on the give-away that comes with it. He then delivers this gem of parental wisdom: “Why would a kid say ‘I want a burger with fries’? It’s the toys that they want.” That’s right Ken, give them a plastic whistle and they’ll be lined up three deep to eat brussels sprouts and tofu.