Possibly an unhappy meal for some kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/19/10

Possibly an unhappy meal for some kids

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Most kids love going to restaurants where their favorite meal comes with a toy.  One man in California wants to put a stop to that because he thinks the desire for that toy is making kids fat.

"We're talking a very serious health issue," said Ken Yeager, of the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors.  "The fast food industry is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on these advertising campaigns to get kids to go into the restaurants and these kids have no idea the amount of calories and the poor nutrition inthese meals."

So, Yeager has asked his county staff to draw up a law that would limit a restaurants' ability in Santa Clara to offer a toy as incentive to buy an unhealthy meal.  Yeager says he thinks an unhealthy meal for kids is as dangerous as getting them hooked on alcohol and cigarettes. Time will tell if the toy ban flies or fails in Santa Clara. 

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