“If we can get parents and the food chains to create healthier eating habits to instill in young children at an earlier age, it will definitely impact their eating habits for life,” said Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-Queens).
Blah, blah, blah. The futility of this social engineering comes a few paragraphs later when the loopholes to current laws are discussed:
The bill would still allow toys in some of the healthier kids’ meals: those under 500 calories or with fewer than 600 milligrams of sodium.
“Taking away toys from kids’ meals won’t solve childhood obesity,” McDonald’s regional VP Mason Smoot said.
“We offer nutritionally-balanced Happy Meal” choices, such as substituting Apple Dippers for fries, in order to stay under the 500-calorie mark, he said.
Yet this customer brings her child to McDonald’s but thinks the toys should be removed. Why did you bring your child to McDonald’s if you tink it serves “junk food”?
“I think it’s a good idea to remove the toys,” said Cristina Delvalle, 23, of Jackson Heights, Queens, as her 6-year-old son noshed on a 510-calorie chicken McNugget Happy Meal at a Times Square McDonald’s.
“McDonald’s is not good for kids, it’s junk food,” she said.