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And then they came for the Happy Meal toys.

The ordinance, which would go into effect in December of next year, prohibits toy giveaways in fast-food children’s meals that have more than 640 milligrams of sodium, 600 calories or 35 percent of their calories from fat. The law also would limit saturated fats and trans fats and require fruits or vegetables to be served with each meal with a toy.

The legislation is a big victory for activists and public health advocates who have charged food marketers with being complicit in the country’s growing childhood obesity rates. They hope other cities and counties nationwide will follow their lead.

The lure of such items is all too familiar to parents like Carmen Sanchez, who was at a San Francisco McDonald’s on a recent evening and said she sometimes hears children beg for Happy Meals.

“If the babies don’t get what they want, then they won’t stop crying,” Sanchez said.

They don’t love me. They don’t love you. And what evidence that “Happy meal toys cause obesity” is provided in the legislation, the article, or any of the people? None. Just that, ya know, fast food companies spend money making their products attractive to kids. Why stop there? Toy companies sure do a hell of a job making my son crazy about little puffer-billy trains. And if he doesn’t get what he wants and he thinks about crying about it, I stick him in our dark basement. I guess the thugs will come after me for that too.

OK nanny staters, can you please tell me where you plan to stop. I promise not to invoke any more slippery slopey arguments when you show me just what is too far, and ALSO show me what McDonalds and other fast food chains would have to demonstrate that their little toys are not making kids fat. Is there ANY evidence you would accept? Probably not, since you’ve used none to come to this passage.

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