San Francisco Cleverly Bans Happy Meals

November 4, 2010


I hate seeing little fat kids running around. Actually, I take that back, little fat kids running around is good. LITTLE FAT KIDS GETTING PUSHED AROUND IN STROLLERS IS BAD. Real bad. STOP LETTING THOSE LIL OOMPA LOOMPAS DRINK SO MUCH POP! Thankfully, in effort to curb childhood obesity San Francisco has sneakily found a way to ban Happy Meals and other dangerously delicious kid's meals.

In order to include a toy with purchase, these new, unhappier meals must meet a checklist of nutritional requirements (PDF):

• The meal can't exceed 600 calories
• Less than 35 percent of the calories can come from fat (nuts, nut butters, low-fat cheese excepted)
• It's required to have a half cup of vegetables
• Breakfast meals are required to have a half cup of fruit
• Sodium limits
• A multigrain requirement

I'm not gonna lie, that does sound like a Sad Meal. But what's more important: making sure your children eat healthy, or getting them to stop their whining by giving them what they want? The whining thing? Oh. Well that, uh, that explains a lot. Now if you'll excuse me -- hello, child services?

San Francisco Bans Happy Meals [gizmodo]

Thanks to Blaqk Panda, Cliff and AngerFace, who invented Joy Meals in the mid-70's but Ronald McDonald hired the Hamburglar to steal the idea and the rest is crappy-toy history.

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