'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 ABCâs âWorld News with Charles Gibson.â In a July 6 segment, âWorld Newsâ 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. Itâs unclear why ABC thought this ridiculous scenario would illuminate anything or why the segment didnât disclose CSPIâs agenda.
âLast month, a consumer group listed some of the unhealthiest dishes served at popular restaurant chains,â âWorld Newsâ anchor Charles Gibson said. âItâs 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
ABC correspondent Yunji De Nies selected The Cheesecake Factoryâs fried macaroni and cheese, Applebeeâs quesadilla burger and Uno Chicago Grillâs mega-sized deep dish sundae and made them into one meal, as though anyone would eat these three things in a single sitting.
âDeep-fried macaroni and cheese, a bacon cheeseburger wrapped in a quesadilla, a giant cookie smothered in ice cream,â De Nies said. âThe 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 didnât disclose is that the purveyor of the âX-treme Eating 2009â list, CSPI, would have the government regulate these foods based on what might happen if you regularly had 6,000+-calorie meals.
âOur 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 De Nies said.
Not surprisingly, the
âThe effects of that one meal only lasted about six hours,â said. âBut doctors say eaten regularly, this is the food that heart attacks are made of,â De Nies added. And ânewsâ segments like that, produced regularly, are the content low ratings are made of.