NYC Councilman Leroy Comrie Proposes Bill Banning ‘Happy Meals’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — San Francisco’s already done it, and now New York may follow suit. New York City Councilman Leroy Comrie thinks the city should consider a ban on “Happy Meals” and similar fast food promotions aimed at kids unless those meals meet certain nutritional standards.

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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.

Penalties would be steep: between $200 to $2,500 for repeat restaurant offenders who use toys to sell unhealthy meals.

Comrie said fast food restaurants know exactly what they’re doing.

“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.

In a statement, Mason Smoot, vice president and general manager for McDonald’s in the New York Metro Area said, “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.”

Do you side with Councilman Comrie? Should Happy Meals be banned? Let us know below…

  • Hope Can

    Appoint Michelle ‘fat ass’ as food czar and establish a burger quota for all Americans–illegal aliens exempt. Exceed quota by 110% and you’re incarcerated. Ban all sugar and establish daily caloric intake per person and monitor with new Obamacare agency.

    • Hope Can

      Let’s get the President involved. He’s not doing anything else and is always so contemplative and wise. He would help us all understand Happy Meals and Little Debbie’s are racist.

    • Mikey

      Don’t laugh, there’s a good chance this can happen in the not too distant future.
      At least it seems we’re going this way
      Very important 0bama is a one term President. Vote in 2012.
      It may be your last chance to save America from Liberal Fascism.

    • Jeff Alterman

      If you go to a McDonald’s to get a happy meal for your child, you can substitute a sliced apple in place of the french fries. You can also substitute low fat milk in place of the soft drink or a milkshake. Also get a plain hamburger instead of a cheeseburger.

  • Jess

    Oh good lord. Let’s just ban everything. The only thing you are allowed to do is go to work, go to the store and go home. I mean, that’s what
    our government wants right? Americans should be seen, not heard.

    • TWRauch

      You forgot paying taxes. The more, the better according to any of our esteemed ‘rulers’. Heck, just sign over all your wages to the government and they can disburse a meager rice cake per family member in return.

    • Kit

      Wait, you want people to *work* ? What kind of unAmerican statement is that?

    • Fraulein Gretel

      As long as you go to work in an electric car or on a bullet train, the government approves.

  • McMal1bu

    The country is broke (as is NYC) and going to hell in a handbasket and this moron wants to create a “Ministry of Happy Meals” and of course “Happy Meal Police”… It is time for Scorched Earth..

  • JK

    So I guess when the dims come and say the Republicans are starving our children they can use this law as a pretty effective retort.

    • hmmathis

      But the law was proposed by one of their own liberal Dem power thugs.

  • Jeff

    lol…silly NY sheople.
    you really are as dumb as your elected (nazi) government says you are.
    Will you ever stand up for yourselves?
    I realize they’ve already destroyed your 2nd Amendment rights and surrounded you in a mindless (thug) police state but jeez…kids toys? really?

    • VanGoghsLeftEar

      I agree with your point, Jeff, but it is so much more effective when you leave out the the shock words “nazi” and “thug”.

      • tgc

        those aren’t shock words, they are valid descriptions.

      • txgoom

        According to a liberal, the word ‘nazi’ and ‘thug’ can only be applied to republicans.

  • Gene Travers

    These are the same communities that have limited access to supermarkets, limited access to healthy food options,” Comrie said.
    So take away the low-cost fast-food options of these same communities, right?
    Seems only fair that these people pay more for less, like the rest of us. Yeah…

    • Alice Polarbear

      If you have just a few dollars a day for food and for whatever reason cannot cook, do you spend your sparce resources on a green salad or on a bread/meat/cheese/lettuce burger? The latter stays with you and stages off hunger pangs longer.

      • Norman56

        Let them eat Brie…

  • muhoon

    free happy meal with toy purchase
    stupid law bypassed

    • GD


    • Dan

      I love this! Thank you for a good laugh

    • Dave Malone US Army (ret)

      BY gawd love it. Low life nanny-ass democratic nut jobs…..Wake the hell UP up America!!!!!!

  • unhappylefties

    Instead of banning Happy Meals, why don’t the libs just ban Happiness?

    • Fed and fed up

      They are doing their best, Rome wasn’t built in a year.

      • Harry

        But it burned down in a day!!

      • outta there

        If this is their best – – i’d hate to see their worst…………………..

    • lukuj

      They are working on it. Electing Obama was a giant step toward that – bankruptcy, trying to c ontrol every aspect of our lives, etc.

      • Peter

        So Planned Parenthood targets poor, “minority” neighborhoods and no one seems to care because abortion, I mean “family planning,” is so wonderful.

        But a happy meal with a toy? That’s harmful to minorities and children! We must stop it!

    • almostseriouw

      Patience, UHL, they’re working on it…

    • Norman56

      Ban Liberalism…then we can all be happier.

  • Larsinkima

    Maybe it should be illegal for cities to not have supermarkets in all neighborhoods. Stupid laws are for stupid cities. I will never go to or spend my mony at such places where people continually vote arrogant people like this to office.

    • RobertG

      Nice to see NYC has time for trivia-reducing their citizens to subjects.

      • kendrick1

        Perhaps NYC can join Florida in their “uterus” debate!

  • Offizier Thomas

    I’m tired of this socialist bs let the stupid to die off and allow those who strive for success to achieve! We are allocating funds to pointless ramblings and need to actually accomplish meaningful things e.g. improvement in education and curbing the national debt via city and community cuts.

  • Thinnin

    How about no fat politicians allowed to be in office?
    Don’t pass the fat test then you can not be on the ballot.

    • I P standing

      or talk show types

      • Scott Martin

        Which talk show type has been elected? Are you talking about Al Franken from Air America?

    • B. Clinger

      How about we also ban the fat wives of politicians shaking their fat fingers at us telling us not to eat the same fattening foods she does every day, yet graciously adding that she doesn’t mind if we go out to eat on a few special occasions each year? Let’s put a stop to that elitist BS while we still can.

  • Brian

    What ever happened to parenting? Leftists haven’t illegalized the word “No” yet so parents that feed their children too much can still feel free to use it when their overweight child asks for a fatty happy meal. Or here’s a novel idea, how about making your kid exercise? If you notice your kid is picking up weight then add exercise or remove calorie intake, or both. Stop blaming business for supplying this demand you create. I’ll get off my soap box now.

    • bill

      your not on your soap box. I bet your a parent that isnt afraid to tell your kids enough is enough with the whining and crying….I said no.

    • razor

      Amen, Brian.

    • lisa

      They haven’t illegalized the word ‘no’….yet.

    • Parro

      Wall-E. Seen it? The problem is full circle. Unhealthy habits raise healthcare costs, unattended education concerns reduce innovation and progress, virtual worlds at finger tips diminish utility* (*economic term) of life, and each preceding comment is a wonderfully respected aspect of “Freedom.” Arrogance begets little respect, entitlement issues poison both sides Do you folks know what you are doing to yourselves and the aggregate by grasping at straws and the same goes for those on the other side of the partition? I’ve seen despair, neglect, and death… don’t question my understanding of societal needs or my worldview. Take a leap and let’s ponder our future with an open mind on both sides.

      I ended up on this page because my well-to-the-right coworker shared it with me. I didn’t intend on saying anything since online debate is always fruitless, (so i’ve observed). I just cannot believe the vehemence. Let’s think in the Long-Run for a few

  • WayneLLewis

    The most efficient way to reduce obesity would be to create a law that kids can sue their parents for any harm. That would also reduce over-population and education costs. Since no one in their right mind would have a kid, it would also prevent politicians from using “kids’ health” in their campaigns.

  • LEL MN

    And public flogging for all that voted for them!

  • Otterly Disillusioned

    I think a new law to deport any “So-called American” to Venezuela is appropriate if that “American” believes that does not support our leaders’ agendas. Deporting an American is as easy as writing a policy to do it, so the Constitutional issue is no big deal. No bigger violation than the restrictive gun laws that are on the books, and the taking of property via immanent domain, or imposing atheism, humanism, Islam, secularism, and moral depravity on the good citizens of this country when elected officials are sworn to not do such things

    • tnmccoy

      Or learning to spell and write with proper grammar. These lacks take a lot of steam out of your comment.

  • NotinNYC

    Why doesn’t somebody propose a bill that each Councilman must start each day with a one hour run and must limit their caloric intake to 1500 calories (adjusted for age and sex)?

  • Leroy Comrie

    My comments were taken out of context: what I want is for Macdonald’s to remove the toy from happy meals, and replace it with extra mayonnaise. Win-win.

    • Janie Simpson

      With liberals it is ALWAYS taken ‘out of context’. With Comrie it is sad that Obamacare can’t sure STUPID.
      If Comrie get this passed in NYC, he will have singlehandly introduced COMMUNISM to the Big Apple, then sit back and watch the riots and se if Comrie will still insist , he was ‘taken out of context’. The research is correct, ‘liberals are born lacking a logical thought process gene’, and Comrie is their poster child.
      Get th bun outta ther NOW!

    • May O'Naise

      What’s mayonnnaise?

      • Leroy Comrie

        Mayonnaisse is what I pour over my cereal in the morning. Mmmm-MM!

  • Small Thoughts

    Take responsibility for yourself. Don’t blame McDonalds if you get fat. Comrie is a true looser.

    • VinSpags

      What if it was cigarettes and they were designed to be appealing to kids or came with baseball cards or something? Would you still say the same?

      • Johnny on the Rant

        Are you comparing a Happy Meal to cigarettes? I can tell you why I don’t smoke…because my father would have beaten me silly if he found out. I’m a parent of 2…I know whats best for my kids…not some politician who uses my kids as a tool to control society.

      • T.Wilson

        What a convoluted post. The kids don’t buy Happy Meals – parents do. Let me guess – you’re a lib.

      • ione

        Yes. I know you think that is unreasonable. But, I believe in the law and logic should apply equally. So there. Individual responcibility. (By the way civilization has managed to raise healthy people for centuries before this nanny state culture came along and long before Obama came along.) Have you noticed as the government has gotten bigger (and bossier) so have our wastelines?

      • Shelly

        Vin…I didn’t mean to hit “report”. I meant to hit reply. Not sure how to fix it. Sorry about that.
        I would like you to answer a question. Why can’t you just say “no” to your kid. Why do you need to have some stupid politician, who doesn’t know you or your kid to take the options away fron you THE PARENT? Let me guess…you are your kids FRIEND. Or is it that you are the stupid one who doesn’t know any better and you REALLY NEED someone else to parent for you?

      • almostserious

        What if it was heroin? Cigarettes ar a DRUG, you idiot. And it’s already illegal to sell them to kids. Even aiming marketing at them cost the companies that make them billions, which now surreally underwrite anti-smoking commercials “paid for by PhilipMorris.”

  • Mary Berg

    WOW, Mr. Comrie, you are going to be a busy ‘daddy’ to the millions of kids in New York–essentially storming through every front door and demanding parents raise their kids YOUR way.

    Maybe Mr. Comrie, you could better-spend your time and efforts in strengthening the family from within and helping these families get back to the importance of say, having meals TOGETHER at their own kitchen table. At their own kitchen table where Moms and Dads can get caught up on what their kids are doing each-and-every day, and kids can get a sense of ‘family’–the most important part of our society.

  • James Winstanley

    As usual, this is just another politician getting his name in the news for trumpeting the latest cause du jour to prove how necessary they are.

    “Let’s ban (cigarettes/fatty foods/porn/drugs/you-name-it) in order to “protect the children”. Always it’s to “protect the children”.

    Now, if I’m out with my kids and we happen to be by a McDonald’s and they want a Happy Meal, I do not want some nitwit politician telling me that they cannot have one. _I_ make that decision, not some overpaid windbag in a suit.

    And the last time my kids had a Happy Meal was about 3 months ago. I rarely take them to a McDonald’s anyway.

    See, Mr. Comrie, I’m parenting. Now stay out of my life.

  • Uncle Frodo

    Soilent Green, anyone? Let’s just ban all restaurants! We’re S-o-o-o-o FRE-E-E-E-E!

  • jon

    the polls show 94% of people think its govt over-reach yet the corrupt politicians always get their way

  • LEL MN

    Exactly which aspect of Your live do you want Government to Regulate?

  • Teresa

    This country has become a disgrace. A complete nanny and police state. Lately the government has made sure we are all aware that we are too stupid to take care of our health, finances, and to make any personal decisions. Anarchy is going to come to this country if the government doesn’t start to back off. Also if they want to combat obesity, make healthy food affordable, currently eating healthy is a luxury.

    • tnmccoy

      Good comment!

  • Alfred

    If so many “poor” people are obese then we should eliminate welfare.

  • Dude

    Yep, it’s always the inanimate object’s fault.

    I can only surmise that in a few years there will be no childhood obesity in N.Y., just like there is no gun crime anymore.

    • Hunter S.


      Typical of the elite to misidentify the problem and focus the collective against it.

      Happy Meals are the problem just like V8’s cause high speed accidents.

  • Harnes

    Every politician that proposes such idiot nonsense has to be fired! What is freedom? In these folks mind they know what is best for everyone else and they want to use the police to go after food? It has gone to far – fire these idiots or we will be slaves!

  • zef

    Lord Bloomberg would be proud.

  • Mark

    IF we are not at liberty to harm ourselves, do we really have liberty?

    • Asystole

      Umm…yes? Who is to describe exactly what ‘harm’ is? Harm can be tangible (gun shot), or intangible (verbal abuse). What can be deemed harmful by one can be unharmful to another. George Burns, the famous actor, lived to be 100 years old even though he smokied on average five cigars per day for the majority of his life. There are people who are naturally immune to the effects of cigareete smoke, for instance.
      Liberty means we get to make our own decisions and we get to live with the repurcussions; both good and bad. Do you really want someone else to tell you how to live, micromanaging your life? If you don’t ever cross a street, you probably will never be hit by a car. If you never drive a car, your chances of dying in a car accident go almost to nill.

      Or, you can live fully and accept that life is about risks, rewards, and failures.

  • James

    “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.

    Change a few of these words and you can say the same about Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. I doubt Comrie would outlaw them, though. Typical liberal phony.

  • Steve Rob

    This Councilmen would have loved to live in the old Soviet Union or in China. While the world is in deep peril and the economies of the world are collapsing and the future of our nation is in grave danger with all governments broke including New York, this nutjob is worried about Happy Meals. This is precisely why the future of this nation is in such peril. Fools like this focusing on Happy Meals while their world is crumbling and trying to put out a raging economic fire with a garden hose. God help us, we’re giong to need it.

  • Jaime

    How can people be so stupid as to continue to vote people like this Bozo and Mayor Nannyberg into office? Do they really have such little regard for themselves that they are willing to put up with this kind of tyranny in small doses? Once they’ve become accustomed to having the “Smarter than Thous” make the small decisions for them, they will follow along like sheep when it is time for the more important ones.

    • tnmccoy


  • jrocket

    I think this guy should be deported. Why are you New Yorkers so stupid?

    • teaisstronger


      Its time to march like an Egyptiian. This Government of ours will only listen to vollies of musketry and gun ships.

    • Michael H.

      How do you intend to deport a United States citizen?

      Yet, somehow, you call New Yorkers stupid…

      • Michael H.

        You can’t take away somebody’s citizenship based on a political affiliation. What kind of American are you? You’re advocating denying somebody their First Amendment right.

      • Grand Wizard

        He should lose his for being a communist. then you can deport him.

      • TWRauch

        That’s right, we can’t deport somebody for being a Communist. Freedom, Pease, Love. BUT we can sure as HE11 pass out fines (and jail time if fines aren’t paid) because somebody selling a ‘Happy Meal’. Ska-Roo Eee-U.

      • Tampax McRiblett

        You a idiot!

  • blackirishblonde

    People who makes these rules should think about this. For many children these are the ONLY toys they receive. To deprive a child of a toy is wrong in so many ways.

  • JK

    The COMMUNIST Chinese are laughing at us.

  • Frank

    Why do the stupid voters of NYC keep putting morons like this guy in power?

  • CSI

    I usually don’t support big business and franchise such as these. But It’s easier to blame them for the problem then the uneducated parents who don’t care for there children. They are the ones who buy these foods for their kids.

  • BackwardsBoy

    Sooo, there is no crime and all the criminals have been apprehended in New York so the police are now free to pursue McDonald’s customers?

    • Michael H.

      Who said anything about police pursuing McD’s customers? The restaurants would be fined, not the customers, and those fines would likely be levied by health department officials.

      • TWRauch

        Oh, so I guess that makes it OK then? Fine the businesses with the threat of jail time if fines aren’t paid. For a Happy Meal. Yes, those eeeevil restaurants selling hamburger, fries, and a Coke, they sure are un-American gangsta’s arent’ they. You would think they were selling hand grenades with their meals. Why don’t you go eat your bag of Doritos and brush the crumbs off your shirt. Oh, hey, maybe you ask your Councilman to levy fines on Doritos too.

      • Mike

        Oh, well, that makes it OK…

      • Michael H.

        Where, exactly, did I say “that makes it OK”? I’m not agreeing with this proposed legislation, so DON’T PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH, prick. I’m correcting somebody’s incorrect assumption, not defending this bill.

  • ilvedanny05

    People complain a lot, but for some reason we just sit back and let this stuff happen. Give it a few years and we will all be dressing the same and eating the same.

    • LEL MN

      Uni-togs and tranquilizers.

  • Gene Gold

    Who is driving these kids to McDonalds for a Happy Meal. ? Where is the parental responsibility in all of this? I s the Gov’t going to tell parents what to feed thier kids at home.? McDonald’s isn’t the only source of food making thie kids obsese.

  • Hank Warren

    Useless gov’t and their useless laws, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    • hankwarrenisabot

      loser. That book is not banned it’s not even hard to find. Quit hawking your book on these forums and pay for your advertising like everyone else.

  • art phul

    Wait (Weight)…doesn’t NY have a revenue problem?

    Chasing Happy Meals while Rome/NYC burns. Typical Liberal play book.

    • Jim P.

      Great point!

  • Leon

    Thought this was america…. not nazi germany

    • LEL MN

      It’s not Nazi Germany. It is The Transformed obamaNation.

  • noof


  • spoutinghorn

    What a fat, disgusting slob this Leroy Comrie is. These disgusting politicians get off on telling everyone else how to live their lives, but his own buffet spread will always be exempt.

  • scott

    Really? Yall quit selling Happy Meals? Dang. Then we’d like to order, ok well, umm lets see, uh ,how about 2 small cheeseburgers, 2 small fries, and 2 small cokes.

    • Scupper

      Great comment Scott, and would you like to PURCHASE a toy with that order?

    • NurseDee

      Good one, Scott!

  • TT

    Was that name spelled Comrie or Commie?

    • TWRauch

      Either way, have you ever seen a picture of this loser? He’s a blimp, and now he’s going to get some ‘retribution’ on fast food restaurants because of his own life choices, snarfing down pizzas, beer, burgers, and any other fast food like Pac Man his entire life. And he wants everybody else to ‘suffer’ for his own largess ( or is that largass).

  • 2smart4u

    It certainly makes sense this would be approved in California, and contemplated in New York. Two atates with the dumbest populace.

  • L Dubya

    A waist is a terrible thing to mind — especially if the gubment is doing it

  • mak

    Unbelievable … let me parent my own children, thank you very much.

    How did the human race survive as long as it did without these nanny politicians butting their noses into our lives and dictating how we live?

    • Boulder guy

      Very well thank you. But as long as brain dead liberals are elected we will have to put up with this kind of garbage. I am glad I live in Nevada.

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