'World News' Uses Excessive Example to Impugn Restaurant Food as Unhealthy
Guess what? Sitting down and eating a 6,200-calorie lunch is probably bad for you.
Somehow, this was news to ABCâ€™s â€śWorld News with Charles Gibson.â€ť In a July 6 segment, â€śWorld Newsâ€ť took three items from a recent Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) nine-item list of the unhealthiest restaurant menu selections â€“ from three different restaurants â€“ and made them one meal. Itâ€™s unclear why ABC thought this ridiculous scenario would illuminate anything or why the segment didnâ€™t disclose CSPIâ€™s agenda.
â€śLast month, a consumer group listed some of the unhealthiest dishes served at popular restaurant chains,â€ť â€śWorld Newsâ€ť anchor Charles Gibson said. â€śItâ€™s food packed with calories, salt and fat. And that got us to wondering how unhealthy can this food be and what happens when you make just one meal of it.â€ť
ABC correspondent Yunji De Nies selected The Cheesecake Factoryâ€™s fried macaroni and cheese, Applebeeâ€™s quesadilla burger and Uno Chicago Grillâ€™s mega-sized deep dish sundae and made them into one meal, as though anyone would eat these three things in a single sitting.
â€śDeep-fried macaroni and cheese, a bacon cheeseburger wrapped in a quesadilla, a giant cookie smothered in ice cream,â€ť De Nies said. â€śThe Center for Science in the Public Interest calls them nutritional train wrecks. Producer Jon Garcia and I went to the
And as you might expect, adding those three dishes together gives you an unhealthy calorie binge. But what the report didnâ€™t disclose is that the purveyor of the â€śX-treme Eating 2009â€ť list, CSPI, would have the government regulate these foods based on what might happen if you regularly had 6,000+-calorie meals.
â€śOur one meal â€“ appetizer, entrĂ©e and dessert packed more than three times as many calories as the government recommends for an entire day and almost 10 times the saturated fat,â€ť De Nies said.
Not surprisingly, the
â€śThe effects of that one meal only lasted about six hours,â€ť said. â€śBut doctors say eaten regularly, this is the food that heart attacks are made of,â€ť De Nies added. And â€śnewsâ€ť segments like that, produced regularly, are the content low ratings are made of.