The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has postponed until Nov. 2 its vote on a city ordinance to deprive families of an opportunity to share a fun meal together. The issue is whether to prohibit fast-food outlets from offering toys or other freebies with their meals unless the businesses obey strict dietary mandates.
From Wallet Pop, one of AOL’s online news columns:
The lawmakers hope to use the ban as a way to curb childhood obesity by targeting the very thing that makes the kids want the meals — the toy that’s usually tied to a popular movie or pop culture icon. The proposal itself points to statistics from the Federal Trade Commission that in 2006, fast food chains sold more than 1.2 billion meals with toys to children under age 12. Toys like those in Happy Meals aren’t the only items the proposal would ban — also included are games, trading cards and other items. To be able to offer a toy or other incentive with a child’s meal, a restaurant will have to make sure the meal contains a limited amount of calories, salt, sugar and fat and provides fruits and vegetables, among other rules.
This is an attempt to force business to enact the social engineering that government cannot impose itself. The self-appointed “public health advocates” know they will fail if the honestly pursue their real goal: A ban on french fries, cheeseburgers, milk shakes and all those other deadly, declasse foods that people insist on eating. Voters would rebel, and the dietary diktats would fall.
Instead, the supervisors shift the responsibility, costs and consequences onto business. Who cares what the customer wants, and if the business suffers, well, why should those people have fun at one of these low-class fast-food restaurants?
If San Francisco’s city supervisors are so concerned about child obesity, they should make sure their own kids don’t overeat. Simple, really.
A great website to follow these issues at is My Food, My Choice!
P.S. Why did Lot flee San Francisco with his family? He was so, so tired of all the bland food. Salt!
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