First Santa Clara County and San Francisco did it, and now New York City. Proposals to ban toys from some restaurant meals have been a hot topic of debate.
New York's City Council announced its proposal to outlaw toys and other incentives from meals that don't meet extensive nutrition requirements on Tuesday, and the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA) was quick to respond.
The group's NYC chapter's Executive Vice President Andrew Rigie went on FOX News Channel's FOX & Friends this morning to defend the restaurant industry's position.
"If councilmen want to go on a noble cause to reduce the obesity epidemic, they should work with the industry and work with groups like the New York State Restaurant Association and provide education in schools that teach nutrition and healthy lifestyles," Rigie told anchor Gretchen Carlson.
Rigie also says that NYSRA will work with the City Council and other groups to help educate children and parents about nutrition and how to make smart choices when dining out.
The National Restaurant Association is also keeping an eye on toy ban legislation proposals, among other state and local legislation (members can access information in our online legislative tracker). On the state level, a similar proposal was "indefinitely postponed" in Nebraska earlier this year, and Arizona's Senate recently voted to prohibit regulations on restaurant meal incentives sending the legislative to Governor Jan Brewer for her expected signature.
“There is no scientific evidence that banning toys with children’s meals would impact childhood obesity,” said Joy Dubost Ph.D. R.D., the NRA's director of Nutrition, Food and Healthy Living. “This legislation is a simplistic approach to a complex problem that requires an emphasis on healthful eating, nutrition education and physical activity.”
“Polls have shown that parents want the responsibility of determining whether their child should receive a toy with a meal, rather than having the government make that decision,” she said.