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TODAY'S QUESTION: What do you think about the Happy Meal toy ban?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 | 12:30 p.m. CST

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently voted to ban restaurants from handing out toys with meals that did not meet nutritional standards. The ban targets fast-food restaurants that have long included toys with its kids meals, such as the McDonald's Happy Meal.

Under the law, meals must have fewer than::

  • 600 calories.
  • 640 mg of sodium.
  • 35 percent of calories from fat (less than 10 percent from saturated fat).

Proponents of the ban, which goes into effect in December 2011, argue that it will promote healthy eating and fight against childhood obesity, which is considered a major problem in San Francisco. Up to 30 percent of the city's fifth-graders are overweight.

McDonald's, however, is not pleased with the ban. The company argues that its customers are opposed. The National Restaurant Association also opposes the ban.

What do you think about San Francisco's Happy Meal ban?


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