New Alarms about Obesity
News of the school visit comes on the heels of a report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that estimates 42 percent of Americans will be obese by 2030, costing the health-care system an extra $550 billion dollars.
The next day, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies released its new report calling for a multi-faceted approach to obesity, including the goal to “Make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere.”
Health professionals not receiving perks from the fast-food industry generally agree McDonald’s is a contributor to the obesity epidemic. Adding a little fruit to a Happy Meal does not change the fat and salt content of most of the chain’s offerings. And sending Ronald McDonald out to peddle health and nutrition puts an undeserved shine on the fast-food purveyor.
Serving the Calories, Fat and Salt
Here are some examples from the McDonald’s Web site:
The healthy, low-calorie, low-fat, low-salt items are outliers on the McDonald’s lineup. Only a company spokesman like Ronald McDonald would claim they are the stars of the show or even representative of the chain’s standard fare.
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