Wednesday, November 3, 2010

(un)Happy children

this is in the boston common, a while back already. the balloon man is on the phone, while creating balloon art, his son (i presume) is sitting next to him, being bored and doing nothing.
just read on the dutch online news site that from december onwards the classic happy meal is prohibited by law in san francisco (here a link to the english version). or rather, that is the title of the piece. to be precise; it is not allowed anymore to hand out toys with an unhealthy meal. only when the meal fulfills the following requirements, toys can accompany it; no more than 600 calories, and there must be some fruit & vegetables. also the beverage must be healthy.
buuuuuhhhhh!! now isnt that just ridiculous! the fun of mc donald's is that there you can eat something delicious but unhealthy that you normally dont get at home (or so it should be), and on top of that, you get a toy! isnt that the entire idea behind the happy meal? well, at least the happy meal is still allowed, i would suggest mc donalds that they make the happy meal a tiny bit cheaper and that you then buy the toy separately. when asked; all in one bag? you answer yes... :)

6 comments:

Tim said...

oh beasty!

Mriekje said...

That is just too sad for words. But at the same time, if parents start buying Happy Meals just to keep the kids quiet, which I'm sure happens... That kind of goes beyond the purpose of the Happy Meal, right? Sure it's fine to have unhealthy food every now and then and a toy on top of it, but I guess people start using that to not be bothered for a while and kids get spoiled. But it's REALLY REALLY sad that there needs to be a law for it.....

CaT said...

i think there needs to be a law for the parents, rather...
its the parent's fault if a child is obese, i think. and prohibiting toys will not change this, im sure....

Mriekje said...

You're probably right. It is definitely the parent's fault and... They'll buy the Happy Meal even without the toys. Crazy stuff.

Steffe said...

I haven't eaten at a MacDonald's since 1987. I do see a lot of over weight children these days. many more compared to when I was a kid. But I do eat quite a few hamburgers. That lazy kid should go for a walk.

Tim said...

steffe you should have the angus deluxe at mcdonalds it's really tasty :)