A Hard Story to Swallow: McDonald's Forced To Pay Employee For Weight Gain
According to news articles, a former McDonald’s restaurant manager in Brazil was successful in his lawsuit against McDonald’s. The unnamed employee claimed that during the 12 years he was employed by the corporation, he gained approximately 65 pounds of weight.
He attributed this weight gain to his responsibilities as an employee of McDonald’s. According to the plaintiff, McDonald’s has strict standards for food quality and regularly sends mystery shoppers to test the food. This required the manager to sample the food being prepared. He, also, mentioned the free meals provided as an additional reason for the weight gain.
I looked at the US corporate site for McDonald’s and saw all sorts of benefits (where available and subject to certain eligibility requirements.) Medical insurance. Dental insurance. Prescription drug coverage. Maybe this isn’t available in Brazil but those seem like resources that would help with weight control (where available and subject to certain eligibility requirements.) There are even nurses available to talk to 24 hours a day.
Maybe what he really needed was to get some exercise. And what better place to learn how to get healthy than at Hamburger University? Though, I couldn’t find anything on their site indicating that they have any physical education classes but I went to college and I had to take gym. I’m extremely impressed that their courses are offered in 28 languages!
I would think that after the documentary Super Size Me was released, most people would no longer be surprised to hear that McDonald’s food is probably not the healthiest option available. Still, I guess the allure of those yummy fries, coupled with the stroke inducing fat and cholesterol, makes people forget about the damage this can do to their health and they indulge.
On the other hand, he started when he was in his teens and as we age, our metabolism slows. Most people tend to gain some weight, as they grow older. 65 pounds in 12 years is slightly more than 5 pounds a year. How much of that was the food and how much was him getting older?
Maybe this was a frivolous lawsuit meant to make some quick, fat (sorry) cash. Wikipedia has an interesting list of lawsuits involving McDonald’s over the years, which includes the infamous hot coffee case.
I could go for an Arctic Orange, right about now.