Targeting Happy Meals

Dr. Keith Ayoob discusses childhood obesity.
4:40 | 12/05/11

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Beginning this month McDonald's restaurant in San Francisco are no longer allowed to provide a free toy with their children happy meals. Now the law passed as an effort to battle childhood obesity but my next guest says that targeting McDonald's is not the way to fight the fight. Joining me now as pediatric nutritionist doctor keeping you after a great to see you thank you so tell -- little bit about this particular situation in San Francisco and why you don't think it's gonna change much. Well full disclosure that's my hometown and -- -- there are so and I think the intent is to fight childhood obesity -- just isn't gonna work. Banning the in the free toys -- happy meal. Was thought to make the happy meal less appealing I'm not sure that's going to be the case but and I wonder that kids are not getting overweight because of -- happy happy meal. With the nuggets and the new smaller Fries that they have a new and fresh fruit in there and low fat milk is actually. Only about 430 Keller. -- -- -- -- how to make over recently it's not happy meal that you and I remember is that nobody even that happy meal didn't have a huge amount of calories in an and that's why it was for kids. And it really wasn't responsible for childhood obesity and and I isn't thinking that perhaps need toy in the having -- brought them -- makes them become. Fast food. Clients and then as they become adults they continue eating fast -- well. That's a big league revenue that's a real Grand Canyon kind of -- I actually a much more worried about what's going on at home you know the -- -- the other you know 29 and three quarters days out of the month that kids are actually and you and keep in mind. They're not giving these happy meals away they're usually young children -- usually with parents or caregivers with got to -- their hand in their pocket. And put them I don't to a decision has been made there and I'm thinking if this is -- I I don't get the connection and the City Council didn't seem to establish that connection nor did -- you'll get. Maybe they did ask experts I'm not really sure but I don't have a heart is still available for an extra ten cents to ten and that's how they kind of skirted the issue and and we know what if they do this and the kids are still overweight you know and nobody seems to -- asked that question now what are the barriers. -- kids eating well and preventing childhood obesity and it might be more apparent the issue then a legislative issue and say it's hard. In the home -- -- -- there -- a lot of busy parents out there are on the go you -- pick up a meal for your child. It is not happy meal and okay option it's absolutely okay option it's 430 between foreign and -- about 500 calories depending on the choices you make. That's about as many Kelly didn't get in and now there's there is you can choose that. What piece chicken nuggets right and what we are the -- -- the hamburger or cheeseburger -- and you can also get you can get a soda. Low fat plain milk low fat chocolate milk juice or water. And that -- -- the differences and Minnesota he would skip the soda and inhuman things I like is that now they don't use the -- as the that he thought we could ask for -- replacement now you have to say what kind of -- you want them so you've really got to do what we're picking and -- it gives parents a lot more choice and aspirin -- you -- places rights. A -- and -- there'll plenty of healthy options it's not a matter of where kids are gonna go to get -- it's what they choose. But what parents choose more -- when they're there well you know I and there are a lot of times when you're out about the need a quick lunch and what a slice of pizza be a better option than a happy meal. But it depends on which city you go and he has big pizza town this city this size is pretty large and that the slices about 500 -- -- kids have no problem yeah like. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Wouldn't he get low fat milk -- to a fat chocolate milk and bring it up to 500 Kelly's. Is -- you can go there and whenever you want that's about it the appropriate number of calories for a child -- think and what are your favorite recommendations for that quick meal when you're on the go with their kids not every day meal that you make for them at home to cope with a little bit more nutritionally married and sound. But that -- to got to grab on -- we've -- -- -- -- to get ideas to try and avoid some fried foods and -- and -- that the French Fries to a minimum. And instead of soda swap it out for -- juice or. Low fat milk and the most of the fast food restaurants offer low fat that's 1% milk and so those are better options and and really and -- the deserts into you get right now and if there's fresh fruit and they're definitely -- that a must over the -- -- -- AM thank you so I think.

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