McDonald’s announced they are changing up their Happy Meals to make them healthier. Apples will be added to the Happy Meal and the portion of fries will shrink. How will this affect the nutrition of the Happy Meal and will it improve the Happy Meal enough to get around the toy bans?
If you’ve been a regular reader of Eat Drink Better, you know that we covered the San Francisco Happy Meal toy ban pretty extensively. And in December, I wrote a story titled “More Happy Meal Toy Bans on the Way?” in response to some push in Wisconsin to enact a similar ban.
Well, now, a little city in the Northeast that sometimes goes by the nickname “the Big Apple” is looking at implementing a similar ban as well. Yeah, you may have heard of this place, officially called New York City (formerly New Amsterdam).
During the San Francisco Happy Meal dispute, McDonald’s VP of Nutrition and Menu Strategy Karen Wells claimed that “…our Happy Meals are frequently more balanced than either school lunches or meals served at home.” Ever since I read that, I’ve been wondering if it’s true. I’m finally going to compare numbers to find out.
We covered the San Francisco Happy Meal toy ban from beginning to end and then some, delving into a couple of different angles and topics. But one thing we didn’t spend a lot of time looking at was the strictly legal precedence for the ban, the legal details. Well, we aren’t lawyers, so it’s not a big surprise, but I recently read a cool, interesting, easy-to-read post on this topic (written by a lawyer) and thought it not only warranted but required a quick share.
Marion Nestle of Food Politics weighs in on a Harvard School of Public Health forum on “who decides what your children eat.” She makes some very compelling points supporting the recent Happy Meal toy ban in San Francisco.
There were plenty of people, I’m sure, who hated the recent decision in San Francisco to ban Happy Meal toys (or, more specifically, toy incentives in fast food meals that [ … ]
As you’ve probably heard, San Francisco is seriously considering banning toys from unhealthy fast food meals (most notably, McDonald’s Happy Meals). There is reportedly a lot of support for the [ … ]