POLL: Who Should Ban Sugary Foods - the Government, or Parents?

Who is ultimately responsible for making sure sugary cereals, sodas and other foods don't end up in children's hands - parents, or the government?


In the Bay Area, it all seemed to start in 2010 when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned McDonald's from including toys in Happy Meals, allegedly because it made fast food more attractive to children.

Just recently, results of a study conducted in 2010 that measured the number of overweight or obese children in cities across San Mateo County was released. Although exact numbers for Belmont were not included, in surrounding communities was nearly 30 percent; was slightly higher. Countywide, the study showed that nearly 31 percent of children are obese.

Earlier this spring, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he wants to ban the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks like energy drinks and sweetened teas in all restaurants, food trucks, delis, sports arenas and movie theaters in the city limits in an attempt to combat obesity.

Just this week, the Environmental Working Group released its list of the top 10 worst cereals for children, in terms of their sugar content. At the top of the list, Kellogg's Honey Smacks contains nearly 56 percent sugar. One cup is equal to eating a Twinkie, it says. Other offending cereals on the list include Fruit Loops, Cap'n Crunch and Apple Jacks.

Patch wants to know - what do you think? Are high-fat, high-calorie, high-sugar foods too often marketed toward children? And, if they are, is the answer to ban such foods? Or does responsibility lie with the parents who continue to buy such foods for their children? Or, is the solution a combination of both?

Vote in our anonymous poll below, and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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Andrew June 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Sadly, some parents also consume these products which means they are in the house and can be accessed by the children. The Government shouldn't completely outlaw these products, but they should do what they did in Mcdonalds by banning the happy meal toys. I personally disagree with Government interference on most things, but in this case they should.
JGDM June 28, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I do not think that the government should ban these foods, but perhaps there should be a regulation set up on marketing these foods so that they are not marketed specifically to children. I do not think that it helps that many unhealthy sugar ridden foods are less expensive to make, and thus less expensive in the supermarket as compared to the healthier options.


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