There is something very backwards about hospital food. How is it that in a building where heart surgeries are performed daily, greasy processed foods are being dished out to patients and visitors? Members of Parliament are posing those very questions by advocating for a ban on fast-food chains, such as McDonalds and Burger King, operating in U.K. hospitals. Theresa Marteau, an expert in public health, makes the irrefutable argument that serving junk food to patients is ultimately just landing them back in the hospital. We’d like to inspire our own government to take a cue from across the Atlantic. After all, a 2011 Physicians Committee survey found that out of 110 American hospitals many cafeterias and patient menus are dominated by foods high in fat, cholesterol, calories, sugar and sodium. Here’s a thought: How about curbing diet-driven illnesses by setting an example in the very intuitions built to cure them?
'Ban Fast-Food Outlets from Hospitals', Demands Parliament
September 23, 2016