McDonald's Tells Its Employees That Fast Food Is Unhealthy

Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 07:46 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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McDonald's employee resource website is urging people to avoid eating at "unhealthy" fast-food places that sell cheeseburgers, fries, and soda and "in general, eat at places that offer a variety of salads, soups, and vegetables."

The McResource Line even labels an image of a burger and fries in McDonald's-esque red packaging as "unhealthy," while featuring a picture of a submarine sandwich, salad, and cup of water as the "healthy" choice.

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"It is hard to eat a healthy diet when you eat at fast-food restaurants often," the site says. "Many foods are cooked with a lot of fat, even if they are not trans fats. Many fast-food restaurants do not offer any lower-fat foods. Large portions also make it easy to overeat. And most fast food restaurants do not offer many fresh fruits and vegetables."

McDonald's insists the diet tips are only perceived as hypocritical when they're taken out of context.

"Portions of this website continue to be taken entirely out of context," McDonald's said in a statement. "This website provides useful information from respected third-parties about many topics, among them health and wellness. It also includes information from experts about healthy eating and making balanced choices. McDonald's agrees with this advice."

This isn’t the first time the McDonald's employee resource site has made headlines. Last month, the company released a list of personal wellness tips for employees. But the advice — "take at least two vacations a year," "quit complaining," and "break food into smaller pieces to feel full faster" — just further highlighted how hard it is to survive on minimum wage.

In July, the fast-food giant released a "Practical Money Skills Budget Journal" for employees, that also just made it glaringly obvious "how impossible it is to scrape by on a fast-food paycheck," The Atlantic's Jordan Weissmann noted.

For example, the budget worksheet assumed that workers have two full-time jobs.

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