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Old 03-12-2011, 08:49 PM   #466
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Should Heart Attack Grill restaurant be shut as a health hazard?

Posted by Deborah Kotz March 8, 2011

"I'll admit that I never heard of Heart Attack Grill, a restaurant in Chandler, Arizona that serves 8,000-calorie "quadruple bypass burgers" until the restaurant's 575-pound spokesman died last week at age 29. While Blair River didn't die of a heart attack, doctors say his extreme obesity made it tough to overcome the pneumonia he developed and died from.

The whole macabre tale begs the question: Is there a limit to how disgustingly fattening restaurant foods can be? Should the Food and Drug Administration, state health regulators, Michelle Obama step in to shut places down that really and truly raise our heart attack risk every time we eat?

After all, New York City has banned smoking in pretty much all public places since the Surgeon General reported that even being exposed to just one cigarette can cause irreversible lung damage. And Boston is also considering such a ban.

Heart Attack Grill -- thankfully not a nationwide franchise -- is a hospital themed restaurant where waitresses dress as nurses, take orders on prescription pads, and wrap tags around patients', ahem, patrons' wrists showing which foods they ordered. The restaurant certainly can't be accused of false advertising with its "flatliner fries" made with pure lard or its jolt soda packed with caffeine and sugar.

Anyone who weighs in and tips the scale over 350 pounds before they order can eat a triple or quadruple bypass burger for free. And all customers, regardless of their weight, get pushed to their car in a wheelchair after they consume one of burgers that leaves them two to three pounds heavier.

It's all fun and games until someone loses a life.

What do you think? Should Heart Attack Grill be shut down as a health hazard or celebrated as the freedom to indulge that makes us American?"


I hope it remains open.

It might become franchise


Amazon.com: The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things (9780465014903): Barry Glassner: Books
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Are you serious? You are. God, dude, it's like this: if you eat more sugars and fats than your organs can process, you put a strain on them. Any food that causes continual spikes in blood glucose levels is going to cause your pancreas to work so much harder and the beta cells will eventually say, "we can't do this anymore". There is just nothing to dispute. What is wrong with your types for thinking otherwise? Saturated fats, sugars, high starch, it all leads to clogged arteries, a fatty heart, a pancreas that just cannot keep up, glaucoma, damaged vessels in your feet and maybe hands, sleep apnoea, thyroid function... you need more? Where's the conspiracy? These systems in the body are all linked. It's all very straight forward and clear. Medical science hasn't got this wrong, horseman. You have.
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You really don't have an issue with rewarding people over 350 lbs with still more calories? It's like having an alcoholism-themed bar with free drinks for those who choose to fall off the wagon there. Opposing something like this is not at all saying that drinking in moderation or the occasional indulgence in a high-fat, high calorie meal should be banned.

Also, I'm not sure that your book really supports your point. In the reviews there's nothing that suggests American's concerns about the dangers of unhealthy diet are overstated. Have you read the book, and is that in fact one of the points Glassner makes?
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Of course it's the iron horse endorsing a nutrition-centered book written by a history major
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Of course it's the iron horse endorsing a nutrition-centered book written by a history major

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What?
The book you linked to is another unreliable source.
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The book you linked to is another unreliable source.
It wasn't clear to me that book even talks about nutrition at all.
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You know that scene in Mad Men when Don Draper says that all Americans want is to be told everything's alright? That makes me think of the Iron Horse, and it depresses the hell out of me.
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Are you serious? You are. God, dude, it's like this: if you eat more sugars and fats than your organs can process, you put a strain on them. Any food that causes continual spikes in blood glucose levels is going to cause your pancreas to work so much harder and the beta cells will eventually say, "we can't do this anymore". There is just nothing to dispute. What is wrong with your types for thinking otherwise? Saturated fats, sugars, high starch, it all leads to clogged arteries, a fatty heart, a pancreas that just cannot keep up, glaucoma, damaged vessels in your feet and maybe hands, sleep apnoea, thyroid function... you need more? Where's the conspiracy? These systems in the body are all linked. It's all very straight forward and clear. Medical science hasn't got this wrong, horseman. You have.
How convenient that the iron horse didn't even acknowledge this post, let alone offer a meaningful response!
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i can't believe the words iron horse and meaningful response were just used in the same sentence.
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I can't believe iron horse.
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My reply is moderation in all things.


My grandfather died at the age of 87 and his twin brother died at the age of 109.

They were moderate in all things and very physically active all their lives.
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If your motto is moderation in all things, how could you possibly applaud the story about the Heart Attack Grill? Giving already obese customers a free burger that clocks in at 8,000 calories is the antithesis of moderation.
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