Happy Meal Ban (POLL): Food Police or Protector?

McDonald's Happy Meal
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McDonald's Happy Meal (AP)

(CBS) Is San Francisco's Board of Supervisors acting like the food Grinch depriving children of their Happy Meals or acting like a golden shield protecting kids from dangerous food?

The city's Board of Supervisors' decision to ban restaurants from handing out toys with meals that fail to meet basic nutritional standards for fat, calories, and sodium has triggered robust debate among our readers.

Some say it is a move against civil liberties - others think government has a role in protecting citizens' health against the multi-billion dollar food industry.

"Marketing to kids is the food industry's Achilles heel," Dr. Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of "Food Politics," tells CBS News. "They know it's unethical. It is courageous of the supervisors to put the health of the city's children above food company profits."

But McDonald's spokesperson Danya Proud said that a Happy Meal ban is "not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for."