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Published:April 27th, 2010 14:29 EST
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Should McDonald's Happy Meal Toys Be Banned?

By Robert Paul Reyes

 

"The latest target in the battle over fast food is something you shouldn`t even put in your mouth.

happy mealConvinced that Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children could make kids fat as well as happy, county officials in Silicon Valley are poised to outlaw the little toys that often come with high-calorie offerings.

The proposed ban is the latest in a growing string of efforts to change the types of foods aimed at youngsters and the way they are cooked and sold. Across the nation, cities, states and school boards have taken aim at excessive sugar, salt and certain types of fats." Read More

When I was a kid I would stick my grubby little hand in a box of cereal, and spill cereal all over the kitchen floor until I found the toy inside the box.

Including a toy in a food product aimed at children is an effective marketing ploy. Kids aren`t going to be too happy with a "Happy Meal" that doesn`t include a toy.

Life is full of trials and tribulations, and it`s only when we are kids that we enjoy a measure of happiness. Thank goodness that a tiny toy can make a kid happy, adults can`t even derive much joy from their expensive toys like cars and computers.

The McDonald`s Happy Meal is an iconic American meal, and it just won`t be the same without the the cheap plastic toy.

Only a Grinch would try to take toys out of the hands of children. Big Brother won`t be happy until even our children are miserable and unhappy.

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