Gallery: San Francisco Bans Happy Meals!


San Francisco is known as the evergreen city with their composting, their hordes of EV charging stations and now word on the street is that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted to ban toy giveaways in meals that don’t rate as nutritious — bye bye happy meals, hello healthier kids! What’s better is the board passed the ban in an 8-3 vote which means that even if Mayor Gavin Newsom would like to veto it, he can’t.

The ban was sponsored by Supervisor Eric Mar and was hotly debated by Mayor Newsom who said that he doesn’t think the city can legislate their way “out of obesity.” Newsom said he doesn’t believe that government should step on the toes of companies while they are marketing their products. Though he maintained that he is an advocate of healthy eating, he just didn’t think that this was the way to promote it.

Nevertheless the Board of Supervisors has passed the ban which says that you can’t sell an “incentive item” with any food item that has excessive calories, sodium or fat — 3 things that Happy Meals definitely aren’t lacking in. We all know that half the reason kids want to eat a happy meal is for the happy toy that comes along with it and though we understand Newsom’s qualms, we think this might help with the problem. If Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me can be a catalyst for fast food chains bringing their normal meal down to “medium” size, then perhaps the San Francisco Board of Supervisors can be the catalyst for something huge — here’s to hoping!

Via San Francisco Weekly


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  1. clarketom November 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    SF is filled with self-righteous morons who believe they’re smarter than everyone else and clearly so is the Inhabitat writer and editor. A Happy Meal can be ordered with a burger, apple juice/low fat milk and apple slices and has been available for years. 440 calories, 9 grams of fat, 18.5% calories from fat. That’s a healthy meal. Why no picture of that meal? And why picture a large burger that’s not available in any Happy Meal? Because the words journalistic integrity mean nothing anymore? What’s next SF? Ban Chucky Cheese, the Circus/Fairs, Birthday Parties?

    Morgan Spurlock is a jackass as well. He chose to eat 5000 calories a day completely ignoring McDonald’s healthy choices like salads and grilled chicken. I can walk through any supermarket anywhere and find You people and every other liberal rag praise this idiot instead of pointing out the obvious. People are supposed to be free to make their own choices, and peoples choices are what makes them fat, not McDonald’s.

  2. Darlene_Littlejohn November 5, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Unreal – California, why do you keep electing people like this?

  3. Christianace November 3, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    SF you finally pushed me off the edge.. I can no longer find a reason I shouldnt live there.

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