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« on: February 28, 2007, 11:12:13 AM »

Published: 28 February 2007

The Prince of Wales entered the debate on childhood obesity by appearing to call for a ban on McDonald's.

During a tour of the United Arab Emirates, the Prince told a nutritionist that the "key" to remedying childhood obesity was getting McDonalds "banned".

His comments came during a tour of the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi, where he was told about initiatives to improve the nation's diet and fitness levels.

The Prince, who visited the centre with the Duchess of Cornwall, advocates organic food and runs a farm on his Highgrove Estate that does not use artificial pesticides or fertilisers.

The Prince was chatting to Nadine Tayara, from the centre, when he asked her: "Have you got anywhere with McDonald's? Have you tried getting it banned? That's the key."

http://news.independent.c...e_east/article2311309.ece

We know Charles can be outspoken, for better or worse.  He does at least think about issues and is articulate.

But Mrs Denmark has now also lent her "weight" to the campaign against childhood obesity.

As I have said, if Fred joins the IOC, one of whose major partners is McDonalds, their two causes are in conflict and we'll have two very inarticulate people (neither of whom really believes much in any cause IMO) in a rather tight spot.



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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2007, 11:50:09 AM »

A noble suggestion indeed, - he should have mentioned banning the whole junk food spectrum while he was at it. Fru. Denmarks association with the obesity cause is, as with her other 'good' causes, a fleeting affair...she came, she waved, and she went!

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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2007, 02:49:01 PM »

Besides she will not be willing to give up Coke.
For some reason she doesn't seem the herbal-tea-in-the-morning-type. My instinct as a couch psychiatrist says, she used to be the "grab'a mochachino" or "frappuchino" on the way to office and open a cereal bar for good measure.
Nowadays she is probably more into fat free and low carb, but heck I would be surprised if their fridge isn't stocked with diet coke (coke zero).
On their romantic Verbier get-away, she was photographed at the "ski huetten" with a can of coke in her hand.

Anyway, it will be very difficult to ban those fast food restaurants.
First of all, here in Germany, where I currently live, McDonalds seems to be the only place where kids (14-18)go to just hang out. Nobody bothers them there, no proprietor gets angry because their entire tab at the end of the evening is $3.
Also, here there is no lunch in schools, schools ends either at 1/2.00pm or it continues after a "lunchbreak" for the rest of the afternoon, and as I said no lunch served. So the kids either eat what they brought from home or go to Burgerking or McDonalds  (I might add, that schools often close over lunch, so that the kids sit around in the yard)
And back in the States, the lunch in our school was so bad, that even the toughest started gagging just thinking of it. The local nursery home got the same food and we joked that it helped keeping beds available...
So someday McD opened right next door and had a couple of drop-outs make a fortune by bringing   the hamburgers over to the fence, (we were not allowed to leave the school yard and it was before cell phones were invented...)
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