The food police are looking to intervene in the market place again to “fight obesity”:
Weeks after a Silicon Valley county in California became the first in the nation to ban toys from McDonald’s Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children, a public health watchdog group called on the fast food giant to remove the playthings from all its meal packages.
Citing toys aimed at promoting the latest “Shrek” movie, the Center for Science in the Public Interest said that the plastic promotions lure children into McDonald’s restaurants where they are then likely to order food that is too high in calories, fat and salt.
I have a simple way to help children kick the obesity bug:
Run around outside.
Organize a local wiffleball game.
Play jump rope.
Go to your playground and play hide-and-go-seek.
Ride a bike down your road.
Look for parks to walk your dog at.
Swing on a swing-set.
Join a local recreational sport.
These are the little things of growing up which I miss. I now look at what my elementary school playground and it’s not what it once was. I don’t know about you, but we need parents worried about getting out grass stains in your shorts rather then you getting diabetes when you’re not even old enough to appreciate the ability to try a new style of food. That would be far more effective than intervention in the market in the name of “fighting obesity.”Published in