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2011 will usher in even more fast-food gluttony

Quad Move over, KFC's Double Down.

Make room for a Papa John's pizza with not just bacon but "double bacon" and six types of cheese. Or Burger King's Quad Stacker, at left. And then there's Burger King's Ultimate Breakfast Platter with scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, a flaky biscuit, three pancakes with syrup -- and a whopping 1,310 calories, 72 grams of fat and 2,490 milligrams of sodium. That's just a few of the ways fast-food joints across the country are set to deploy a potent new arsenal of greasy goodness. Click here to read the rest of the story in Business:


--Rene Lynch
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Photo: Burger King's Quad Stacker / Burger King  

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People are literally starving in Africa right now picking termites from the straw and feces of warthogs, and we've got enough wonderful chopped and formed mystery meat with yellow oily, artery clogging cheese product to regurgitate from our fat, ulcer covered, herniated, genetically altered stomachs to feed the whole of Sierra Leone. Yet we still won't share the load? WHY SO STINGY?

I keep thinking what would happen if there was some leadership in the fast food industry that made the decision not to fuel obesity; that did things differently to offer healthier meals that were still good to eat. In looking at companies who could do this, McDonalds' seems to have the resources, clout, and marketing dollars to lead the way in a new era of eating fun and healthy. The question is do they have the courage to do that? I wrote about that in my weekly ethics column, http://theweekinethics.wordpress.com/


I guess fast-food places have decided that healthy food isn't necessary in a recession. The stuff they're putting out is pretty gross to me but I'm sure someone will buy it. Maybe they should advertise it as getting a heart attack from your meal. Let's hope things improve.


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