This could be a very unhappy day for kids who enjoy Happy Meals in
Santa Clara County Board Supervisor Ken Yeager is introducing legislation today at the county’s board meeting to ban toys in meals that he deems unhealthy. Yeager, who is president of the board, is not a dumb man. And, I am sure the jokes will be flying about how he reached into a box of Cracker Jacks as a kid and never got the Coup de Ville that Meatloaf sang about.
But jokes aside, this is another serious step in culinary and restaurant regulations that do little to impede the need to trim obesity. Fat people eat too much of the wrong things. That’s it. No policing or bans will stop that any more than we have stopped illegal drug use nd abuse. There, I said it. And, I can say it. I went to the doctor yesterday for a serious case of Poison Oak and when I got on the scale I was 18 pounds heavier than I wanted to be. And, it had little to do with happy meals. It had to do with happy ice cream, happy cookies, happy Hot Cross Buns- an Easter tradition, and many oher things that make me happier than Yeager is making me and any other restaurant owners who believe in the free enterprise systm.
Does a person’s choice in meals mean that we need the government to ban the toys, count the calories, publish the fat content, place salt on the illegal drug list and organize the portion police department to make sure that Claim Jumper customers do not finish their meals?
No, it means that if the government really wants to solve the obesity problems ban aisles 9 through 13 in most grocery stores in the country. Let’s ban the Super Bowl. Let’s not allow any food that is bad if eaten in excess to be advertised on T.V., ever. Could we possibly make the eating of Doritos a crime? This s legislation with meaning. These are policies with a goal.
Once again, Yeager is not a dumb man. He has a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford. He serves on numerous committees and bards and is currently on the Health and Hospital Committee. And, I am sure Ken Yeager is not a dub man.
But he doesn’t register very high on the common sense meter. Banning toys in meals the supe deems unhealthy is waste of government’s time, resources, manpower and responsibility.
“They want the toy and have no idea what’s in the food,” Yeager said Monday to the San Jose Mercury News, adding, “You can’t expect a 3-year-old to say there are too many calories in a hamburger.”
What did he say? “You can’t expect a 3-year old to know how many calories are in a hamburger.”
As I said, Yeager is not a dumb man.