Proposed toy ban targets high-calorie, high-sodium kids' meals

The crusade to ban toys from McDonald's Happy Meals is gaining popularity in the US after first being implemented in San Francisco last year.

A New York City councilman this week introduced the Fast Food Toy Ban Bill, which would limit any meal that comes with a toy to under 500 calories and 600 mg of sodium, reports the New York Post.

Fines would range from $200 to $2,500.

Leroy Comrie, a portly councilman for Queens, used himself as an example of a child weaned on Happy Meals and fast food to get his message across: he's estimated to tip the scales at about 300 lbs. (136 kg).

As the menu stands now, Happy Meals that would qualify for a toy under Comrie's proposal include meals like the hamburger, apple dippers with low fat caramel dip and either an apple juice or a Sprite.

Both clock in at around 450 calories and are under 600 mg of sodium. The most caloric Happy Meal is the hamburger, fries and chocolate milk, which adds up to 650 calories and 850 mg of sodium.

Calorie counts at Burger King range from 260 calories for a hamburger to 450 calories for a double cheeseburger alone with their BK Kids Meals. Complete meals including the double cheeseburger, apple fries and a chocolate milk comes out to 700 calories.

Meanwhile, one of the most caloric kids' meals can be found at Wendy's, where their four-piece chicken nuggets, fries and a chocolate milk come out to 1,310 calories.

Last November, San Francisco was the first US city to ban the practice of giving away free toys with unhealthy kids' meals.

 

 

PROMOTED VIDEO
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Ashdown Group: Service Delivery Manager - Retail / FMCG / WMS Operations

    £55000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Service Delivery Manager - Retail / FMCG / WM...

    Recruitment Genius: Fundraising and Campaigns Officer

    £28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Fundraising and Campaigns Off...

    Recruitment Genius: Domestic Appliance Service Engineer

    £21000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This centre seeks an experience...

    Recruitment Genius: Technical Support Analyst / Helpdesk Support Analyst

    £16000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is the UK's leading ...

    Day In a Page

    Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

    Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

    The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
    Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

    Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

    Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
    Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
    Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

    Comedians share stories of depression

    The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
    Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

    Has The Archers lost the plot?

    A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
    English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

    14 office buildings added to protected lists

    Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
    Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

    Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

    Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
    World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

    Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

    The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
    Why the league system no longer measures up

    League system no longer measures up

    Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
    Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

    Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

    Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
    Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

    Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

    The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
    Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

    Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

    Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
    Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

    Greece elections

    In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
    Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

    Holocaust Memorial Day

    Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
    Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

    Magnetic north

    The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness