San Francisco Bans Happy Meals
Their decision will make San Francisco the first major city in the country to stop restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat.
“We’re part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice,” said Supervisor Eric Mar, who sponsored the measure. “From San Francisco to New York City, the epidemic of childhood obesity in this country is making our kids sick, particularly kids from low income neighborhoods, at an alarming rate. It’s a survival issue and a day-to-day issue.”
The ordinance will only allow restaurants to include a toy with a meal if the food and drink combined contain fewer than 600 calories, and if less than 35% of the calories come from fat.
The ordinance has also set of a firestorm of debate with supporters arguing that it would help protect children from obesity, and opponents seeing it as the latest example of the nanny state gone wild.
BTW, in an ironic twist, the day this ordinance passed…McDonalds relaunched the McRib sandwich.