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Old 11-04-2010, 09:49 AM   #301
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No toys for Timmy? Geez-pot was voted down in CA too. I guess the hippies and flower power folks were too busy getting stoned to get out to the polls.

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I don't know why you guys find Iron Horse's threads so offensive. Take a few chill pills or something, seriously.

Also, Iron Horse, whatever else may be said about his threads and points of view, has a point about the low fat milk thing he keeps on about. Semi-skimmed milk is fucking horrible, frankly. It tastes like water with chemicals injected in it and goes off a in few days. It even goes off before the use by date. Proper milk on the other hand is both delicious and nutritious and keeps for a good ten days or so. Full fat milk is still available in Ireland, fortunately.

When I was young there were adverts with the slogan "Healthy kids drink litres, not pints of milk" whereas now milk is apparently a very very bad thing indeed and leads to all kinds of terrible diseases so there's a bit of inconsistency in the building about the health freakery brigade, me thinks.

Next year, another health scare. Maybe the fruit and veg will be found to be bad for us after all. Given the amount of chemicals that are pumped into them these days, I wouldn't be remotely surprised.
Good point Finance Guy.

People my age drank whole milk as children, had real butter on their toast and then played outside. None of my friends or I were obese. Actually, we were quite skinny. Obesity at that time, was extremely rare for children and was more often due to medical problems, than lifestyle.

P.S. Iron Horse, I don't find your threads or post offensive. I enjoy reading everyone's point of view. It helps me to learn more about these topics.
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I've loved whole milk since I was a kid. I can't stomach skim milk or any other kinds of milk, the taste is just too gross for me. So now I drink Hood Simply Smart Fat Free that tastes like 2%. It's delicious-0 fat grams and 90 calories/serving. I have two glasses a day.
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No toys for Timmy? Geez-pot was voted down in CA too. I guess the hippies and flower power folks were too busy getting stoned to get out to the polls.



I'd rather have a glass of whole milk than weed! Seriously, I would.
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I don't eat pork, but once in while I do love a cheeseburger made at home. I get the leanest ground beef and use water instead of added oils to cook it. I have to eat proteins. So it is the turkey version for ham, bacon and sausage.
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the toys have nearly always been shit anyway.
I take my nephew once a week usually.. the toys are pretty bad ass actually.

This one talks and shoots an acorn off his chest.



And this one shoots the dude off the animal (no idea what it is.. my nephew knows all their names)



Then we got Halloween buckets last week with stickers.
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fortunately enough this decision lines up perfectly with mcdonalds new marketing campaign.

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I don't eat pork, but once in while I do love a cheeseburger made at home. I get the leanest ground beef and use water instead of added oils to cook it. I have to eat proteins. So it is the turkey version for ham, bacon and sausage.
Quorn vegetarian stuff is quite good. It's not Tofu; it's protein from egg whites and fungus (mushrooms). I like their fake turkey loaf a lot. It doesn't look terribly appetizing, but whatever.

Quorn's fake chicken strips are good, too. I like them on salads.
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I try to stay away from a lot of the fake meat stuff. I hear too much processed soy isnt good for you and that seems to be what most are made of. Plus, they're so god damn expensive. I'll see if my grocery store carries the stuff you mentioned, Kramwest
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I try to stay away from a lot of the fake meat stuff. I hear too much processed soy isnt good for you and that seems to be what most are made of. Plus, they're so god damn expensive. I'll see if my grocery store carries the stuff you mentioned, Kramwest
That's why I like it, also because I don't want Soy man-boobs.

It's in an orange-ish package, and I think comes from the U.K.
Believe it or not, locally, Target has the best prices on Quorn stuff.
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By Elisa Zied, R.D.
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COMMENTARY

The McDonald's Happy Meal is bummed.

The decision of San Francisco city officials Tuesday to crack down on restaurant meals that include free toys unless they meet particular nutritional guidelines is -- depending on whom you ask -- either taking away a parents' right to choose what to feed their children, as some msnbc.com readers have commented, or a gift to frazzled parents up against a massive marketing machine.

What it most likely isn't, however, is a solution to the childhood obesity epidemic.

In an effort to curb the swelling rates of kids who are overweight or obese, the city's Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a law that would require any meals that package a free toy to include fruits and vegetables and contain no more than 600 calories or 35 percent of its calories from fat (about 210 calories or 23 grams of fat). The meals would also have to contain a beverage that's not loaded with sugar or fat.

The board will revisit and vote again on the law Tuesday, Nov. 9. If passed, the law, expected to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2011, is intended to promote healthy eating habits among kids.

"This is a tremendous victory for our children's health," Supervisor Eric Mar, chief sponsor of the legislation, told the San Francisco Chronicle.

A typical McDonald's Happy Meal can contain up to a whopping 26 grams of fat and between 400 to 580 calories — about half the calories an average 4 or 5 year old should consume in an entire day.

At a time when an estimated 17 percent of young people aged 2-19 years are obese and about an equal number are overweight, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the restriction on the popular Happy Meal is a worthy effort.

A typical Happy Meal, with its plastic "Shrek" toys or other action figures, includes either a hamburger or chicken McNuggets, small french fries and a soda, low-fat chocolate milk or apple juice, all to the tune of about 400 calories to 580 calories and up to a whopping 26 grams of fat. For a typical, sedentary 4-5 year-old that's about half of the average 1,200 daily calories needed and about 39 percent of calories needed by a typical 9-year-old.

That's fine if the child is eating a Happy Meal only for special occasions, not every day. But studies have shown that fast food makes up a substantial portion of kids’ calorie intake, and research suggests that children and adolescents who consume fast food tend to consume more total calories, fat, and sodium and have less healthful diets than those who do not.

McDonald's expressed disappointment in the ordinance. "Parents tell us it's their right and responsibility — not the government's — to make their own decisions and to choose what’s right for their children," McDonald's spokeswoman Danya Proud said in a statement.

Sure, parents can, and do, have a say about what their kids eat, but it's increasingly tough for them to ignore all the temptations out there. Kids are bombarded with food marketing: in 2006 about $870 billion was spent on advertising meals to the under 12 set, the prime target for Happy Meals, according to a 2008 Federal Trade Commission report.

It's doubtful that the Happy Meal measure will do much to reverse the tide of overweight children. There are many causes of childhood obesity, including genetic and lifestyle ones. Decreased physical activity, too many sugary beverages and increased overall calorie intake are factors.

In fact, ostracizing fatty meals that come with plastic promotional toys could have the unintended consequence of making the product even more appealing to kids, says Chicago-based nutritionist and msnbc.com contributor Janet Helm, R.D., who writes a blog called Nutrition Unplugged.

"It's the forbidden fruit syndrome," Helm says. "In the end, what have we taught families about how to make more nutritious choices? I believe in balance, not avoidance."

On the other hand, if kids are told they can have the toy if they choose lower-calorie options, they may, in fact, do that. Only time, and real-world studies, will tell.

Another potential positive outcome could be the extra push for restaurants to offer more healthful menu options for kids.

"What about a grilled chicken sandwich instead of fried nuggets?" asks New York nutritionist and Bonnie Taub-Dix, author of “Read it Before You Eat It.” "There's no grilled chicken sandwich for kids at McDonalds. And what about a fish sandwich that's not breaded and fried with breading that's thicker than the fish?"
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I agree, and no one said that we're "relying" on fast food to do this, but let's face it too many kids are relying on happy meals. There's a few reasons for this, different paced lifestyle, parents not being educated enough to know what they are feeding their kids, etc...
No one's saying it, but through their actions that's pretty much what they're doing.

You are right that certain lifestyles make it harder to have proper home meals, but at the very least I should think you'd be able to have the ability to have stuff around for families to throw together a quick, healthy sandwich and grab a banana or apple or something if that's all they have time for.

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Should we allow cigarettes being marketed to kids? So why are we allowing this poison being marketed to kids as real food?
You have to eat. You don't have to smoke. I don't disagree that there is crap being put into fast food, or food in many other places, that shouldn't be there and we should certainly take those "ingredients" out of the food, but I still think being shocked that a fast food place isn't the healthiest option and expecting them to suddenly start putting in fruit and veggies and such and be a world of healthdom is strange-I guess I've just always assumed that was kind of a "No duh".

And there's lots of crap that's marketed to kids that shouldn't be. That's why the responsibility lies with the parents in steering their kids away from such things. It may be "tough" to resist the temptations, but it can be done. Besides, okay, so we take away the marketing to kids. It's still being marketed to adults. The best solution is to just not eat there. If they want to remain a viable business, once they see they're losing money they may be willing to change on their own. Or they'll just fold altogether. That said, if it's not McDonald's that will push unhealthy eating habits on your kids, it's something else. You got rid of the problem at one restaurant, but you haven't solved the problem altogether, period. Start teaching your kids healthy habits at home.

And not to mention, people react to things differently, too. Some people live unhealthy lives and still have a nice long lifespan. Some people live healthy lifestyles and still get cancer and die young. Of course, you're generally more likely to live longer if you take care of yourself, but there's always exceptions to the rule.

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i didn't need to watch a 90 minute doco to know that you would become very ill if you ate nothing but maccas for breakfast, lunch and tea for a month.
I've never seen the movie, but if that is indeed the premise, then, um, yeah, kinda have to agree with that. Again, "no duh".

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You have to eat. You don't have to smoke.
I'm not quite sure what your point is here. Why does having to eat make it ok to market poison to kids?

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and expecting them to suddenly start putting in fruit and veggies and such and be a world of healthdom is strange-
But they're already making options with fruit instead of fries, or veggie instead of fries. This law is saying that those that reach certain nutritional expectations CAN have the toy.



















At the end of the day, no one's freedom of choice has been violated. End of story.

















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I take my nephew once a week usually.. the toys are pretty bad ass actually.

This one talks and shoots an acorn off his chest.



And this one shoots the dude off the animal (no idea what it is.. my nephew knows all their names)



Then we got Halloween buckets last week with stickers.
they're way better than ours
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