Monday, May 19, 2008

5488: Obesity And Fat Cats.

Junk food and garbage talk in a MultiCultClassics Monologue…

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the growing health crisis among poor people in America, where high food costs lead to undernourishment and obesity. “The food crisis will make obesity and attendant diabetes even more rampant,” said a University of Washington epidemiologist. “Fruits, vegetables and fish are becoming luxury goods completely out of reach of many people. Consumption of cheap food will only grow. … Obesity is the toxic consequence of a failing economy.” Mickey D’s will probably introduce a new Southern Style McToxic Chicken sandwich.

• Mickey D’s CEO Jim Skinner criticized regulatory efforts to mandate calorie information on restaurant menus. Calling the proposed regulations “redundant and flawed,” Skinner rambled on to call activists “professional naysayers” and “CAVE people—Citizens Against Virtually Everything.” Given the crisis detailed in The Philadelphia Inquirer story, Skinner ought to consider venturing outside of his Ivory Cave.

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