Calif. County Moves to Ban Happy Meal Toys First-of-its-kind ban aimed at tackling child obesity By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff Posted Apr 27, 2010 1:01 AM CDT 41 comments Comments Fast food companies spent $360 million in 2006 on the toys included with kids' meals. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file) (Newser) – California's Santa Clara may soon be the first place in America to ban the little toys that come with McDonald's' Happy Meals and other fast-food promotions. County officials say the move—which would outlaw free toys with any meal that has over 485 calories or high levels of salt, sugar, and fat—would go a long way towards tackling child obesity, although the proposal has met fierce opposition from the restaurant industry. "People ask why I want to take toys out of the hands of children," the president of the county's board of supervisors tells the Los Angeles Times. "But we now know that 70% of the kids that are overweight or obese will be overweight or obese as adults. Why would we want to burden anybody with a lifetime of chronic illness?"