McDonalds is not responsible for obesity
A court in Manhattan, USA, has ruled that is not responsible for the obesity of a group of American teenagers.
- By: Wendy Brown
The plaintiffs claimed that McDonald's violated New York state's consumer fraud statutes by deliberately misleading consumers into thinking that their products were healthy and nutritious, therefore making McDonald's responsible for their obesity. The plaintiffs claim that the company did not provide adequate information about the potential health problems associated with fast food.
One plaintiff, Gregory Rhymes, a 15 year old high school student, weighs nearly 180 kg. His mother claimed she “always believed McDonald's was healthy for my son.”
Judge Robert Sweet ruled that, “It is not the place of the law to protect them against their own excesses.” He went on to rule that the suit had failed to “allege sufficiently” that McDonald's food is addictive.
A spokesman for McDonald's said, “Common sense has prevailed,” and went on to say that, “McDonald's has been providing nutrition information about our food for the past 30 years so that customers can