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The Chicago Tribune reports on what seems to be a small but growing trend – McDonald’s patrons who have responded to the hit documentary “Super Size Me” (which showed the physical deterioration of a man who ate only at McDonald’s for 30 days) by going on McDonald’s-only diets and losing weight.

The twist is that these folks are eating mostly burgers and salads and diet drinks, staying away from the French fries and ice cream. The general sentiment expressed by these folks is that the problem isn’t McDonald’s, but rather the choices that some people make when they eat there. And, they say, people are responsible for their own choices, and cannot hold the fast feeder responsible for the bad and unhealthy decisions they make.

The Tribune writes: “Walt Riker, the company's vice president of corporate communications, said the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company is pleased — but not surprised — that some customers have lost weight eating only at the fast-food giant.”
KC's View:
McDonald’s better be careful. If Riker’s line gets misquoted in the wrong places, people are going to be lining up for McDonald’s-only diet plans, and it is going to get sued by a lot more people who don’t understand that maybe a double order of fries isn’t good for you.

This actually is one of the dumbest debates we’ve ever heard. Morgan Spurlock, who made “Super Size Me,” was trying to make a simple point – that highly processed, fat-laden fast food isn’t as good for you as a more balanced diet full of organics and natural foods.

Anyone really want to argue with that?

He chose a dramatic way of making his point – eating only McDonald’s for a month.

Anyone who suggests that it makes sense to lose weight by only eating at McDonald’s is, in our estimation, a moron. Sure you can do it. But why would you?

We also could argue, by the way, that you could lose weight by only going to Krispy Kreme for an entire month.

Just order bottled water and the black coffee. No problem.

The best way to lose weight is to get plenty of exercise and eat a rounded, intelligent diet of a wide variety of foods. And, like it or not, to stay away from fast food as much as possible.