Fast Food and Hospitals

There’s something wrong with hospitals allowing fast food restaurants to set up shop in their buildings. I appreciate the need for the money that these franchises can bring, but it does give contrary messages to what many doctors speak.

One of the plethora of problems surrounding fast food restaurants selling themselves as a ‘healthy alternative’ is that they get to say the following (presumably with a straight face):

“McDonald’s has a long history of leadership in providing wholesome food made from quality ingredients,” said Bill Whitman, a McDonald’s representative. “We take great pride in providing our customers with a wide variety of menu choices that can fit into any nutritional requirement or dietary needs.”

Sorry Mr. Whitman. Fast Food is many things, but healthy isn’t one of them. No amount of spin can change that. Setting up shop in hospitals is opportunistic and classless. Nothing more.

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