Is it just me, or are parents getting lazier and lazier these days? After all, it seems the government has to step in to do things parents should have no problems handling themselves. In Santa Clara County, California, a new ordinance was voted on by county officials that would ban the sale of Happy Meals and similar meals at restaurants that didn’t meet nutritional guidelines. The reasoning behind this is to stop child obesity by fining restaurants that “prey” on kids’ love of toys to sell them unhealthy food. But to be honest, this is just freaking ridiculous. Seriously, isn’t this something that parents should take care of on their own? I mean, I’m no parent so maybe there’s something I don’t understand here. But, isn’t it the parents responsibility to monitor what their kids eat and all that?
The law itself is rather ridiculous. While the Happy Meal toy is meant to attract kids, as it has been doing for several decades, fast food restaurants are not forcing this food down kids’ throats. If this is something parents are worried about, then they shouldn’t cave in and take kids to eat wherever they want if they so much as throw a hissy fit. Such incidents cause a growing concern because it shows just how lazy the parents of today are. And if you want to complain about it and say I don’t know what I’m talking about, go ahead. It doesn’t change the fact that the responsibility should lie with the parents who, by the way, are the ones BUYING Happy Meals and the like for their kids.
In a sort of “compromise,” though I use the term loosely given that fast-food chains are being unfairly punished, as usual, county officials are giving a 90-day grace period to allow fast food chains to introduce a healthier alternative. Regardless of that fact, however, parents should stop being lazy and actually monitor their kids, rather than shifting the blame somewhere else.
[via Los Angeles Times]