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Kids Get Diabetes Care, McDonald's Food In Hospitals

Some hospitals that are providing Type 2 diabetes care for children are also offering McDonald's fast food, which can contribute to the condition.

McDonald’s has set up small restaurants inside some hospitals, and created corporate sponsorships for organizations such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, according to Alternet.

The news site points out that high levels of fat, salt and sugar in fast food can have serious negative health effects.

The medical journal Pediatrics published a study in 2006 entitled "Marketing Fast Food: Impact of Fast Food Restaurants in Children’s Hospitals" that found:

"Fast food restaurants are fairly common in hospitals that sponsor pediatric residency programs. A McDonald’s restaurant in a children’s hospital was associated with significantly increased purchase of McDonald’s food by outpatients, belief that the McDonald’s Corporation supported the hospital financially, and higher rating of the healthiness of McDonald’s food."

Alternet reports that the congressional testimony of a doctor, on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics, in 2007 described fast food ads targeting kids under 8 years old as "inherently deceptive."

Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Medicine and the National Bureau of Economic Research opined that ending junk food ads for kids might help the health of millions of youngsters.

Grady Hospital In Atlanta announced in June that its McDonald’s was suddenly closing, but gave no specific reason, reported WSB-TV.

One factor may have been the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which has been campaigning for hospitals to kick fast food restaurants out.

Karen Smith, a registered dietician who is a member of the PCRM, told the news station:

"Fatty fast food in the hospital can place staff, visitors and patients at risk for heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses. Hospitals should ban the burgers and focus on beans, greens, fruits and whole grains to prevent and even reverse heart disease."

Eight more hospitals have ended their relationship with McDonald's, which leaves 13 hospitals with the fast food restaurant on their campuses, Alternet notes.

Sources: Alternet, Pediatrics,  WSB-TV / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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