Saturday, February 11, 2006


Super Size Fat

The Golden Arch's french fries just got fatter — like that is what the youth of today need.

This change was made by nutritional measurement.

The world's largest restaurant chain released a statement this week indicating that its fries contain a third more trans fats than it previously knew. McDonald's citing results of a new testing method it began using in December.

That means the level of potentially artery-clogging trans fat in a portion of large fries is eight grams, up from six, with total fat increasing to 30 grams from 25. In addition, the company said, the total fat content for the large fry rose to 570 calories from 520 calories. The calorie intake for a Super Size portion just went off the scale.

Often used by restaurants and in packaged foods, trans fats are thought to cause cholesterol problems and increase the risk of heart disease. The dietary guidelines for Americans that were issued by a government panel last year said people should consume as little trans fat as possible.

Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest renewed the nonprofit health advocacy group's call for McDonald's and other fast-food chains to make healthier food — and for the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of partially hydrogenated oil, the source of trans fat. Trans fat is made when manufacturers add hydrogen to vegetable oil — a process called hydrogenation.

"Nutritionally it's a disastrous product," Jacobson said of the fries. "McDonald's could fry in canola oil or other liquid oil" as it does in Australia, Denmark and Israel, he said.

This man does not agree.

Also, McDonalds is trying to be the first major international company to implement a "family work policy." What is that you ask? The new policy is aimed at cutting absenteeism and improving staff retention by allowing a family shift swap.

The Arch's is set to allow family members to cover each other's shifts, under new contracts. Members of the same family working in the same outlet will be able to swap shifts without giving prior notice or getting a manager's permission.

I wonder how long it will be before we start hearing calls for governments to start regulating the Greasy Arches and other fast-fat gut-bomb restaurants?

I can see it now...

"After all, it isn't our fault we're fat... it's McGreasy's who tricked us into scarfing those fries!" slobbered Richard "Flubber" Simmons as he sipped on his SuperSized Diet Coke while testifying before the Royal Commission on the Fa(s)t Food Menace & Health Care Crisis. When asked to put aside his burger, Simmons dissolved in tears and had to be helped from his seat.

The Party Formerly Known as The Liberals leader, Hedy Baked (formerly known as Fry) pointed an angry finger at Simmons and shrieked "It's all his fault... he's an American and we all know that Americans are the root of all evil!! Fundamentally, we Canadians must oppose the cultural invasion of American fast foods!!"

At this point, the proceedings were interrupted when a tiny "smart" missle broke through a window and landed in front of Hedy Baked. The warhead opened and emitted the familiar scent of KFC...
I don't blame McDonalds or any other fast food outlet for the decline of the human body.

Children need more physical actvity in school and after school. Parents need to think twice about what they are feeding their kids and most importantly schools need to pay attention to their cafeteria menus.

This is collective effort.
Maybe I can make a conservative of you yet, Shaky. Let's talk responsibility and discard the blame game.

Parents are responsible for the care and upbringing of their children... at least for now until the nanny state completely takes over. Sorry, I digress.

As tacitly responsible adults, these parents make choices for themselves and their children. Some of the most important of those choices are the lifestyle choices... food, exercise, form(s) of entertainment, use of alcohol or recreational drugs and so forth. This is not collective effort; this is individual responsibility.

If a parent wants his or her child to be strong, healthy and well-adjusted, they invest the time to ensure their child eats healthy foods, participates in sporting activities, socializes with others and so forth. This is not collective effort; this is individual responsibility.

Once a child starts going to school, parental control is influenced and perhaps lessened by exposure to the wider experiences of interacting with other adults; teachers, principals, other parents, etc. This is not necessarily a bad thing but parents still provide the primary role model(s) for their children.

When parents do not dedicate their energy to their family and depend on the public education system to provide healthy food and exercise for their children, this is collective effort.

The result is fat kids and the decline of the human body.
There is no blame game. Parents, school districts and government all play a role here.

Who decides what courses to offer in seconday schools? Not parents.

It is a collective effort. Not everything can focus on the family.
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