Golden Arches Banned by Royal Decree
Commentary by George Anderson
There’s no doubt the lads who called themselves The Sex Pistols were being a wee bit unkind when they suggested lyrically that Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth of England, was not a human being.
Of course, had Messrs. Rotten, Vicious, et al. been singing about her sod, …er son, Prince Charles, they would have been spot on.
In case you missed it, the Prince of Wales and potential future king of England was out and about recently when he suggested that obesity in Arab Gulf states could be dealt with if those countries would just shut down McDonald’s.
“Getting anywhere with McDonald’s? Have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key,” dummy Prince Charley said with royal authority to a nutritionist at the Imperial College London Diabetes Center in Abu Dhabi.
McDonald’s, as would be expected, was not at all pleased that a Royal tried to use it as a scapegoat in what is clearly an issue of personal choice and, in the case of children, parental responsibility.
The restaurant chain issued a statement that the Prince’s remarks indicated he is “clearly unaware of some of the moves we have made over time to improve choice and variety on our menu … including the introduction of fruit, carrot sticks, salads and organic milk.”
A spokesperson for the Prince said he was simply trying to make the point that people, especially children, should enjoy the widest variety of foods for optimum health and, of course, (our words) they should never go to McDonald’s.
Discussion Questions: What role/responsibility do food companies have in the obesity and related health “epidemics” around the world? What grade would you give companies involved in food sales for responding to the call by health professionals for more nutritious products?