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28 February, 2007

Royal McControversy

Interesting to see Prince Charles calling for a ban on McFood as crucial for improving people's diets:

Charles made the comments while visiting the Imperial College London Diabetes Center in Abu Dhabi for the launch of a public health campaign, The Press Association reported.

"Have you got anywhere with McDonald's? Have you tried getting it banned? That's the key," Charles was quoted as asking one of the center's nutritionists.


Some years back the UAE health ministry actually did try to reduce the impact of McFood on children, by banning soft drinks from McHappyMeals. Children's portions of clown-meat could only be served with milk, water or orange juice.

The result? Kids bought adult meals instead, or got full-size full-fat cokes on the side.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no fat in cokes only sugar.

01 March, 2007 12:57  
Blogger S. said...

Interesting that he can say this. I'm sure that his "organic" food business has absoultely nothing to do with these comments.

Give me a break, most people in this country are bachelors, or people who cant afford to (or dont want, or cannot) cook their lunches. Mcdonalds is ok, if you eat properly, they have quite a lot of food that is healthy (salads etc, and if you look at the nutritional information, some of their burgers are too). This is becoming a culture of blame. Blame everyone else for the problem. Its as if someone is fat, its because Mcdonalds shoved food down their throats.

I see people at mcdonalds. Some of them have one burger or salad for lunch. Theyre perfectly healthy. Others have two or three (I even saw one guy with FOUR). Somehow that is McDonalds fault..? Should McDonalds ask for ID and restrict the number of meals a person can buy..?

He also somehow doesnt have a problem with other food. Have you visited some of the restaurants in Dubai. Particularly the Subcontinental ones..? (I'm Indian by the way). It looks like they've got some sort of pipeline from the oil factory straight to their kitchen. Charles doesnt have a problem with that..?

If they overeat ANY food and dont exercise theyre going to be obese. He should be telling people that instead of putting down a company that he perceives as a threat. They HAVE taken great steps so try to be healthy (I even have a nice little pedometer they once gave out), and I think its wrong to keep faulting them because people like their food. There should be a law against slander.

01 March, 2007 14:00  
Blogger secretdubai said...

The "full-fat" coke thing is a kind of old joke name for non-diet coke.

I should also have mentioned that most varieties of canned orange juice - particularly at places like McDonalds - contain as much sugar as any carbonated soft drink. So they're actually no better.

Milk and water are of course much healthier, but I'd be interested to see how many of those are served up alongisde McArabia's

01 March, 2007 16:12  
Blogger rummyjohn said...

S., you work for Maccas', don't you? :)

just kidding. I don't buy into the concept of holding a corporation responsible for an individual's poor judgement (provided they don't hide information a la the Tobacco companies of the 60's - 90's) either.

However, I thought the most significant part of the article was the fact that the prince suggested banning MacDonalds while in Abu Dhabi.

Surely this is recognition (and perhaps approval) of the hamfisted, absolute authority the government has in these parts; moreover, perhaps the Prince is suggesting democratic processes move too slowly in deciding what is good for the people?

01 March, 2007 21:34  
Blogger BuJ said...

Don't you just love it when one of those nicely spoken Royals takes the moral high-ground :)

03 March, 2007 02:48  
Anonymous GO! Smell the flowers said...

I see his point, trying to ban something that is past it's best, battered, has loose skin and only tastes good after a skinfull of ale...

Enough about Camilla...what about Maccy D's

03 March, 2007 21:18  
Blogger D said...

Nope, I dont work for Maccas, but I do love a Spicy McChicken Royale..

Yum..

@ Go smell the flowers.

You made me squirt water out my nose..!!

04 March, 2007 18:27  
Anonymous Sri Lankan said...

Prince charles said "Have you got anywhere with McDonald's? Have you tried getting it banned? That's the key," Charles was quoted as asking one of the center's nutritionists.

I say for the British people and the world "Did we got anywhere with the royal family of UK"

19 March, 2007 12:06  

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