Posted by | April 6, 2011 11:55 | Filed under: Top Stories

New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie wants to put an end to high calorie happy meals that don’t meet certain nutritional standards.

Comrie has fought the battle of the bulge himself.

“As you know, and I’m an example, nearly one-third of all children in New York City and throughout the United States are either overweight or obese,” Comrie said.

Comrie planned to introduce his own bill Wednesday that would essentially rewrite what could currently be considered a “Happy Meal.” The bill would require establishments that offer toys with food make sure the meals are 500 calories or less and have low fat and low sodium totals.

Comrie doesn’t like that restaurants are targeting a segment of the community that can least afford good nutrition.

“It comes as no surprise that these ads and meals are also targeted in low income and minority neighborhoods that are already at risk for childhood obesity. These are the same communities that have limited access to supermarkets, limited access to healthy food options,” Comrie said.

Here’s what Mason Smoot, vice president and general manager for McDonald’s New York metropolitan area restaurants says:

“Our Happy Meals make it easier for families to choose the right foods in portions just for kids. We provide options for our customers and trust them to make the decisions that are right for their families. Politicians should too.”

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