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Eateries not to blame for poor eating habits

-- The (Johnstown, Pa.) Tribune-Democrat - August 2

Posted: Thursday, August 08, 2002

Read the label, fatty.

It seems laughable that a New York man is suing four leading fast food chains, claiming he became obese and suffered from other serious health problems by eating fatty cuisine for years.

Caesar Barber, a 56-year-old maintenance worker who weighs 272 pounds and has had a couple of heart attacks, said he felt compelled to file a lawsuit in Bronx Supreme Court.

He named McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken in his suit that was filed, he said, because he has diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

''They said '100 percent beef.' I thought that meant it was good for you,'' he said. ''I thought the food was OK.''

Right.

Maybe he should have asked, read labels, looked at wall charts at the eateries, talked to his doctors or hospital nutritionists, or simply listened to what his body was saying and doing after he gulped down that grease-laden garbage.

Since he didn't, how could the eateries be held responsible? They sell artery-clogging junk. What did he think the consequences were?

The courts have become repositories of all kinds of nonsense suits. Here's another example from someone who refused to read, ask questions or listen.



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