Multiples and More QOTW: What do you think of the toy ban?

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the proposed toy ban at McDonald’s. If you haven’t heard about this, check out the story on CNN. From what I’ve seen it’s a pretty heated debate, some people say that the toys are used a marketing ploy to get kids to eat at McDonald’s. Last time I checked, our kids can’t drive, so obviously the parents/caregivers have something to do with it. My stance on the whole topic is this (and you can agree or disagree, no hard feelings here): The issue of childhood obesity and toys in Happy Meals, which is what the debate is boiling down to, really has nothing to do with toys, in my opinion. Parents have to be educated on what they are feeding their children. My kids have eaten at McDonald’s, it’s definitely a treat for them whenever we do go, the toys have zero influence. And am I the only one that noticed only McDonald’s is being targeted? What about Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, etc? So here’s the question:

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  1. How is this even a debate? McDonald's could give away TVs with their Happy Meals and I'm still not going to feed fast food to my kids on a regular basis.

  2. I agree with the video on the CNN page staring Dr. Phill. The Government should spend more time focusing on School lunch programs that they do fund than the happy meals that parents buy. Most kids will eat so many more school lunches than happy meals, the focus should be there.

    It's almost like the bill is designed to make you think the govenment wants to do something about childhood obesity, but they don't really want to do the heavy lifting.

  3. Mama Mama Quite Contrary

    McDonald's food is garbage and they have a long history of insidious marketing to children. I think banning toys is a great step in the right direction. (Although I think it should apply to all fast-food chains.)

    I think it is important to look at what we are feeding our children at school too. Unfortunately, that would mean looking at our agricultural policy and farm subsidies in depth which no one seems willing to do.

  4. The ban is stupid in my opinion. Parents are in charge of what their kids eat, last time I checked. And, if kids have that much influence on their parents, then there is a much larger problem at that home than eating fast food. And really … chicken nuggets, apples and milk. Not sure my kids would get anything "healthier" at my house on the days we decide to eat out.

  5. MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs)

    Love what James said, and I agree with Dolli-Mama's point, too…there is a huge opportunity to improve the food that is served in our schools.

    My husband is a teacher, and there's no way I would let him leave the house without a healthy lunch in his bag (one that I made). Unless things change from where they are today, I dread having to face that with the girls in a few years.

  6. I think the target is McDonald's because they are the most popular chain. I agree that the ban should be across the board.

    Obviously there is a lot deeper to dig, as Dolli-Mama stated, but this is a start at a wake-up call to parents that just haven't done their research.

    I live in TN and the Dept. of Health declared 43% of all Tennessee children are either at-risk for overweight or overweight in 2006.

    Here it isn't about parents not knowing HOW to say no to their kids, a great deal don't even realize they SHOULD say no to drive-thru the majority of the time.

  7. At this stage, I think all parents—even the least educated—know fast food is not good for anyone in large quantity. Think it's just hard for many of us to believe some make that choice willingly. A choice that is THEIRS.

    It is the parents responsibility to feed their children. Their choice. If a toy comes with it, and if the socio-economically poor—or parentally weak-spined–are the ones we're trying to help, seems cruel to take the toy if you ask me. The kids need what ever glimpse of joy they can get. Guess what? For many, the Happy Meals just make the kids quiet. So parents cave. Take the toys away and THEY WILL SELL JUST AS MANY. Mark my words. We can just re-title them Unhappy Toyfree Meals.

    RIDICULOUS battle. RIDICULOUS. Here's a thought: give the toy only when the parents (and it IS the parents talking out the window) order the apple dippers and low-fat milk options. May be the only fruit or calcium some kids get….

    Sorry if this offends, but I am SO tired of companies being targeted for a lack of parental fortitude. Use the energy being directed toward this battle toward giving low-income parents incentives (lower taxes, more strategically pinpointed WIC, etc.) for making healthy choices. Or, just live and let live. Educate other when we can, and acknowledge we cannot dictate our beliefs/hopes to everyone.

  8. In my humble opinion, it is just another example of the government taking over the role that parents should play. As government takes on more and more of a parental role, parents become used to some other person or entity doing their job for them. Its learned incompetance.

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