McDonald's to ditch jumbo servings

Fast-food giant McDonald's is planning to ditch its "super-size" fries and drinks by the end of the year amid growing concern over the US obesity epidemic.

    McDonald's was the world's first burger chain

    The Golden Arches said on Tuesday that it would phase out the jumbo

    servings as it moves to a healthier menu "with

    a range of choices that support a balanced lifestyle".

    Sixty percent of

    American adults are either overweight or obese, and $75 billion is spent in

    obesity-related health costs every

     year.

    Pundits have laid much of the blame for the growing medical

    crisis on the nation's fast-food, couch potato culture.

    High calorie meals

    They

    have pointed out that a "super sized"

    serving of fries comes with 610 calories, versus 200 calories for an

    average order of McDonald's French fries in 1960.

    However, McDonald's has already done much to overhaul its

    offerings.

    It has introduced salads, changed the 20-year-old recipe for

    its Chicken McNuggets to cut calories and fat, and traded the oil

    it cooks its fries in for one lower in saturated fats.

    Most American adults are obese
    or overweight

    The burger chain has worked with nutritionists to educate customers who are

    watching their calorie, fat or carbohydrate intake about what

     menu items they can eat.

    Healthy eating

    It is also planning to roll out a

    healthy adult version of its children's Happy Meal.

    The offering will come with water, a salad and exercise book

    produced by Oprah Winfrey's trainer, Bob Greene.

    McDonald's said the switch to more

    healthy options is designed to appeal to increasingly calorie and

    health-conscious consumers, and to promote a "new national debate"

    about nutrition and fitness.

    But McDonald's and other food chains have found themselves in

    the hot seat as study after study spells out the scope and

    consequences of the nation's obesity epidemic.

    SOURCE: AFP


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