by a veto-proof margin, san francisco has taken a stand against offering toys with meals that exceed a set standard of calories, sugar and fat. the measure also requires that restaurants provide fruits and vegetables for all meals that come with toys.
from today’s article in the l.a. times:
“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.”
Just after the vote, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said, “We are extremely disappointed with today’s decision. It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for.”
ironically, this vote came down as many celebrated the return of the mc rib sandwich (after 16 long years, and only available for 4 weeks – so you best get to the golden arches!)…a pressed pork product sandwich shaped like a rib cage (yum!), weighing in at 500 calories and a whopping 26 grams of fat…
one girl exclaimed:
“I’m going to eat as many as I can until I throw up,” says Jenny Wu, 31-year-old Web designer from Flushing (how appropos). “It’s so tasty! We don’t know what animals McDonald’s killed to make the McRib, but we don’t care because it tastes so good.”
way to go, jenny! i wish i could send her photos from fast food facts, as they deconstruct her beloved sandwich…
so while some are calling san francisco a “nanny state” out of control, our eating habits (and our twisted love for fast food) are started early in life. and with childhood obesity on the rise, offering healthy alternatives and holding fast food marketers accountable doesn’t seem so crazy to me.
and speaking of crazy, i’m sure most of you saw the photos from sally davies’ brilliant happy meal project:
ain’t nothing happy about that!
- San Francisco Bans The Happy Meal (huffingtonpost.com)
- San Francisco cracks down on Happy Meal toys (telegraph.co.uk)
- San Francisco law curbs McDonald’s Happy Meal toys (reuters.com)