Did you hear about the advice McDonald’s is giving to its employees? McDonald’s, through an internal, Intranet site, is advising company employees not to consume burgers, fries, sodas, or other fast food staples. These items, the company is admonishing its employees, are “high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight.” The advice even goes on to cite other health risks posed from consuming these items, including high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. It’s no shock or surprise that the average fast food meal is unhealthy, but it’s really significant news that one of the nation’s top fast food companies is advising it’s employees against eating those foods that are it’s biggest sellers.
I think this is significant for two very important reasons. First, it’s called fast food because you typically can order and begin eating within 1-2 minutes. Second, and more importantly, it comes at a time when there is a nationwide appeal for higher wages for retail workers, most of whom probably eat from a fast food menu because it’s cheaper. You can get a cheeseburger, fries, soda, and apple pie for a total of about $4.00 from the Dollar Menu. That’s 1030 calories, 47g of fat, and 1380 mg of sodium….all from just one meal.
Next time you’re considering having a McMeal, check out the McDonald’s Nutrition Facts page on the company’s website. If McDonald’s is advising its employees not to eat that junk, maybe the rest of us should avoid eating it too. But I know, just like you know, that this sort of information won’t immediately change people’s eating habits. The average person makes lifestyle changes independent of information such as this. Many people won’t change until they have a major health scare. When they’re ready, they find a way when their health becomes a priority in their lives — just like with those who abuse alcohol or drugs.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone would incorporate healthier eating habits merely because they read a report indicating that the types and quantities of foods they’re eating is bad for them?