Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Live from the nanny state.

County officials in Silicon Valley trying to curb childhood obesity voted Tuesday to ban restaurants from giving away toys and other freebies that often come with high-calorie meals aimed at kids.

The ordinance is largely symbolic as it would only cover unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County, meaning only about a dozen fast-food outlets and several other family-owned restaurants would be affected.

But its chief sponsor says it's still important because it paves the way for other areas to act, may spur action by fast-food chains to offer healthier choices and can help parents by taking away a child's incentive for wanting less healthy food.

"This ordinance does not attack toys. Obviously, toys, in and of themselves, do not make children obese," said county Supervisor Ken Yeager, who pushed for the ban. "But it is unfair to parents and children to use toys to capture the tastes of children when they are young to get them hooked on eating high-sugar, high-fat foods early in life."

You know, I ate a lot of happy meals back in the day. I got a lot of toys out of the deal. But I didn't eat happy meals for the toy. I liked
chicken mcnuggets. Still do.

If you're a parent and can't tell your kid no because they want a cheap little toy they'll lose interest with in an hour you should go kill yourself.

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