McDonald's: Doctor Recommended

Posted by Yonatan (New York, United States) on 25 January 2009 in Food & Cuisine.

Pathetic Marketing - Preying on those who don't know better

This is Roger. He is going to be an orthopedic surgeon. Roger is standing inside a brand new McDonald's holding a hamburger and posing next to one of the wall decorations in the McDonald's.

Are you disturbed?

Even better, this McDonald's is located across the street from one hospital in the Bronx and less than two minutes away from another major Bronx hospital.

It gets even me: This is just one of many wall decorations in this McDonald's. Directly across from this photo is a shot of a doctor in a white coat. When you walk in the front the first thing you see is a beautiful shot of a stethoscope. The wallpaper is made up of neurons.

Why am I bothering to post this picture and write this?

I am training to be a physician in the Bronx. Obesity and coronary heart disease are a major problem all over the United States, but in the Bronx this problem is magnified. Estimates are that in just a few years 1 out of 3 children in the Bronx will have diabetes. One of three!!!!

Here is my friend Roger. He is going to be a doctor. He knows how ridiculous this advertising scheme is. He knows that this location is trying to create an allusion for its customers that McDonald's is healthy. That doctors eat at McDonald's. He knows that McDonald's isn't healthy, but the average patient doesn't realize that they are being lied to by the decorations.

The reality is that if you become a frequent customer at this establishment, the very surgeon pictured above will be performing a coronary artery bypass graft surgery because of the arteries that too many Big Mac's have clogged!

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