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    Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    It looks like the food police is getting more idiotic. Toys do not make kids obese, Kids eating fast food does not make kids fat. It is kids not exercising that makes kids obese and weak willed parents who can not tell their kids no or to go outside and play that make kids obese.



    A Ban on Toys With Fast-Food Meals for Children - NYTimes.com

    SAN FRANCISCO — It was not a happy day for the Happy Meal.
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    In what it described as a blow against the fattening temptations of fast food, the board of supervisors in Santa Clara County, south of San Francisco, voted Tuesday to ban the promotional toys that often accompany child-size portions of cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets if those meals don’t meet certain nutritional standards.

    The criteria, which are based on federal standards and recommendations from the nonprofit Institute of Medicine, would apply to all fast-food restaurants giving away toys in meals in-tended for children. Ken Yeager, the board president, said the new law would level “the playing field by taking away the incentive to choose fatty, sugary foods over healthier options.”

    “What we’re trying to do is de-link the connection between unhealthy food and toys,” said Mr. Yeager, who added that he believed children chose their meals based on the giveaway that came with it. “Why would a kid say ‘I want a burger with fries’? It’s the toys that they want.”

    The law, the first of its kind, will allow restaurants to give away toys as long as the meals don’t contain excessive calories, sodium, sugar or fat. “This ordinance does not attack toys,” Mr. Yeager said just before the board passed the law by a 3-2 vote. “Toys, in and of themselves, do not make children obese.”
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    Re: Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    These round about laws are ridiculous. If they think junk food is dangerous to the kiddos, then come right out and ban it.

    Next thing is they'll want to ban the McDonald's playland. That was the only reason we ever went there...

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    Re: Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    Hitting right at the heart of America's obesity problem, I see

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    Re: Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    While it really is just spit in a bucket, it's on the right track. Junk food addiction is a serious problem for future generations of America. The result of such indulgence is well.... rather embarrassing.

    Something interesting:
    Obese people often say they'd like to eat less but feel almost powerless to stop indulging, and now new research suggests that explanation might be all too true.

    The theory stems from a study in rats. When researchers gave the rats unlimited access to a calorie-laden diet of bacon, pound cake, candy bars and other junk food, the rats quickly gained lots of weight. As they plumped up, eating became such a compulsion that they kept chowing down even when they knew they would receive an unpleasant electric shock to their foot if they did so.

    Meanwhile, rats fed the human equivalent of a well-balanced, healthy diet -- and given only limited access to the junk food -- didn't gain much weight and knew enough to stop eating when they received the cue that a foot shock was imminent.

    Even more startling, the researchers report, is that when they took away the junk food from the obese rats and replaced it with healthier chow, the obese rats went on something of a hunger strike. For two weeks, they refused to eat hardly anything at all.

    "They went into voluntary starvation," said study author Paul Kenny, an associate professor at Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla.

    So what might this say about human behavior?

    Researchers aren't certain if the results apply to people struggling with their weight. But they say it's possible that a diet heavy in highly rewarding foods -- quite literally, sausages, cheesecake and other highly processed foods -- might cause changes in the brain's reward system for satiety.

    When that goes awry, the result is not only that people gain weight, but that they feel compelled to seek out more and more junk food.

    The findings were published online March 28 in Nature Neuroscience.
    Junk Food 'Addiction' May Be Real - Yahoo! News
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    Re: Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy219 View Post
    While it really is just spit in a bucket, it's on the right track.
    I dunno. I feel like if they are willing to do this, just ban the junk food and save some time. Banning toys seems kind of retarded.
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    Re: Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    I dunno. I feel like if they are willing to do this, just ban the junk food and save some time. Banning toys seems kind of retarded.
    Junk food if and of itself is not entirely bad. I do think its unacceptable to market a 700 calorie meal towards younger children or irresponsible parents.
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    Re: Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    It looks like the food police is getting more idiotic. Toys do not make kids obese, Kids eating fast food does not make kids fat. It is kids not exercising that makes kids obese and weak willed parents who can not tell their kids no or to go outside and play that make kids obese.
    What the county is going after is advertisements that make kids want to eat fast food. Cigarette companies and alcohol companies have limitations on how they can advertise, so there is precedents there. Also, the schools have taken out a lot of physical education because of the FCAT. Parks is a place where kids could go to play, but it takes tax dollars to pay for the building, maintenance, and security. And we all know how Americans feel about paying taxes. And if schools don't take kids out to exercise, it's up to the parents. But considering how many hours working class parents have to work, they don't always have time to take their kids out to a park to play.

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    Re: Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    Another plank of the nanny state, stuff like this makes my head hurt.
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    Re: Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    I agree with banning the toys.

    It is bad enough that parents allow their children to eat fast-food. It is hard enough for an adult body to deal with consequences of eating a high fat and high carbohydrate diet. The toys are only there to be a rewarding mechanism, so that the children will associate Happy Meals with positive feelings. Shouldn't reward children for eating unhealthy food that is designed to be tasty with a disregard for the consumer's health.
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    Re: Citing Obesity of Children, County Bans Fast-Food Toys

    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenboy219 View Post
    While it really is just spit in a bucket, it's on the right track. Junk food addiction is a serious problem for future generations of America. The result of such indulgence is well.... rather embarrassing.
    As a responsible parent, I am tired of paying the price for irresponsible and moronic breeders. My son has been to McDonald's once, and he didn't like it. Sure the ads probably got him interested, but it's up to *me* to say no. Fortunately, I've made sure he's had good food all his life, so when he tasted that crap, he didn't want to finish it. And guess what? It was probably a lot less expensive all these years for me to cook for him.

    The school pounds into the kids' heads to avoid sugar, fats, etc while the lunch room serves the most disgusting sodium laced crap. Because he eats well, is active and has a great metabolism, my son's ribs stick out. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get him to eat the opposite of what the "nutrition" experts at school keep saying?

    I'm sorry there are some kids out there with crappy parents. But gov't and schools stay the heck out of the lives of kids with responsible parents. We don't need you.
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