McDonald's advises their employees to not eat at McDonald's

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McDonald's don't eat our food

Memo to businesses, specifically McDonald's: Profiting off of unhealthy products is not the best way to boost your image or inspire confidence, nor is it good for your customers. However, if you insist on doing so, please note that advising your own employees against ingesting the very product that they are selling is confusing, idiotic, contradictory, laughable, and not good for their morale... or your bottom line.

Oh, and one really awesome way to keep your employees healthy and well-fed is to pay them decent wages.

Via Yahoo:

A McDonalds website providing resources to its employees advises against eating hamburgers, fries and sodas. CNBC first noticed the latest in a series of strange pieces of advice provided by the fast food company to its employees. "While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle," McDonalds says of its primary product, "fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight."

It goes on: "In general, people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease must be very careful about choosing fast food because of its high fat, salt, and sugar levels."

Oops. Excellent advice, but... oops.

As you can see from the graphic above, A.D.A.M., Inc. is providing this oh, so wise guidance. Who the heck is this A.D.A.M. we speak of?

A.D.A.M., Inc. is accredited by URAC, also known as the American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (www.urac.org). URAC's accreditation program is an independent audit to verify that A.D.A.M. follows rigorous standards of quality and accountability. A.D.A.M. is among the first to achieve this important distinction for online health information and services. Learn more about A.D.A.M.'s editorial policy, editorial process and privacy policy. A.D.A.M. is also a founding member of Hi-Ethics and subscribes to the principles of the Health on the Net Foundation (www.hon.ch).

As the Yahoo piece notes, A.D.A.M. isn't saying that healthy food is non-existent in restaurants like McDonald's, but it is presenting a "challenge" to them. And then the piece goes on to make an excellent point:

[T]he bigger question seems to be how McDonald's employees would be able to afford healthier food on the wages they earn slinging burgers.

ding ding dingPlease link over to read the last paragraph, because it is a splendid reminder of how Mickey D treats its employees.

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  • Frances_in_California

    No,silly; they only make money in the stock market by betting against their own stuff. Don't forget: these are Ken Lay-calibre executives; not mentally capable of thinking thru a problem to a solution that is NOT a conundrum. They can't pay line-workers a decent salary because they have offer these idiots "competitive" compensation packages.

  • Jason Rowe

    I eat at McDonald's pretty rarely now; Moderation is important when eating this kind of food. Consumers should be well-informed, and McD's should have healthy choices, but don't screw with my Big Mac. Even when I pigged-out on fast food, my cholesterol was (and is) always good, and if I keep under 300lbs, my blood pressure is spot-on normal; Over 300, it's only around 130/90. The point should be, "are you healthy?" Even if I were in miserable health, my life SUCKS, so please leave me alone to eat my damn happy meals! Grrrrrr! :-}

  • artglick

    Isn't Micky D willing to sell you the sandwich and salad pictured on the right, too? Pardon my cynicism, but maybe they even make a bigger profit on the salad and ham sandwich!