Personal Choice and Responsibility: Don't Blame McDonalds if You Are Obese

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After Thanksgiving dinner in 2002, Morgan Spurlock sat on his couch to relax after his huge Thanksgiving feast. As he flipped through the channels, he came across news about two women who were suing McDonalds for making their children obese. This report made him question fast food and its nutritional value, and stimulated him to make a daring and risky choice. He wanted to prove a point and educate people about the dangers of fast food by changing his diet for a month to strictly McDonalds and to get it all on video. Spurlock, 33, was physically fit and healthy, weighing 185 pounds, being six foot 2 inches tall, and having an average cholesterol level of 168, at the start of his mission, but things became very shocking. His cholesterol…show more content…
This case wasn’t about candy bars, but about fast food, and its unhealthy consequences. The complaint to the courts was filed by Caesar Barber, 56, of Bronx County New York who was struggling with heart disease. He said, “For years I ate fast food because it was efficient and cheap […] I had no idea I could be damaging my health.” (Tyre, 1) His class-action lawsuit, run by Attorney Samuel Hirsch, is for people who have consumed/purchased fast food from McDonalds, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and/or Wendy’s “and as a result thereof, have become obese, overweight, developed diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, and/or other detrimental and adverse health effect and/or diseases.” (Caesar, 1) The suit also shows the preliminary stages of the argument against the fast food corporation’s “marketing towards children” and not informing the pubic about the ingredients and nutritional value of their food. Obesity is a major concern in the United States today. There are roughly 300,000 deaths per year in the US related to obesity. To be classified as obese, one must have a BMI, Body Mass Index, of over 25. “According to the caricature described by lawyers suing the fast food companies, poor, ill-educated people are duped by duplicitous fast food franchises into biting into greasy hamburgers

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