Childhood Obesity – New Law Limits Toys With Fast Food Meals?


The hustle and bustle of life can really be overwhelming for parents in general. Truly this is not an excuse or overated. Parents are working, going to school, probably taking care of an aging parent, wanting to make a career change, wanting to increase their income and possibly may need to lose weight themselves. Managing through everyday life can get a little tough when there are so many things to do. Since parents are overwhelmed you can find the fast food drive thru line with several cars lined up ready and eager to buy high fat and high calorie food and drinks. Occassional fast food trips are harmless, however most parents (including myself) can literally be found going to the fast food joint for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is very difficult to admit this type of non-healthy food buying habit. However, its time for parents, adults and teenagers to take responsibility for their choices. “San Francisco approves limits on toys with fast-food meals” is a headline from a Yahoo News report. San Francisco is the first city to restrict the fast-food industry’s practice of giving away toys with children’s meals, which is a new law. The law would ban toys from being given away with a kids’ meals unless the meals have less than 600 calories, contain fruits and vegetables, and include beverages without excessive fat or sugar. This law will go in effect December 1, 2011. Right on to this law, however when you ponder this situation you must ask yourself a question. Who is taking these wonderful children to the fast food restaurants in the first place? Well that has been answered. In a way this ruling is good because if parents are lining up at the fast food joints than at least they will know that when their child receives a kids meal the meal will be less than 600 calories and the drink will not be jam packed with sugar. Fifteen percent of children are obese which puts them at risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer reports the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are some states where the childhood obesity is 30 percent which is alarmingly high. Although the reports seem bleak for todays youth it really is not. There is a simple solution for this growing epidemic. Children need to be provided with low fat, low sugar meals, low calorie, snacks and drinks. Most children and even adults snack which puts on the pounds gradually. Just by lowering sugar intake and or providing healthy snacks will help develop healthy eating conclusion, there is a simple solution to prevent obesity in children which is the same solution for obese children which is to limit fast food dining, feed children low calorie meals, give children the opportunity to get plenty of exercise and replace un-healthy snacks with healthy snacks. Just these simple steps will prevent children from dealing with sickness and disease during their childhood and adulthood life.

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