McDonald’s has shut down an employee resource website that received national attention for giving its employees health advice—namely, advising them to “avoid” fast food items as they’re “unhealthy” choices.
According to CNN, McDonald’s “confirmed the site had been taken down” in a statement posted on its website. “A combination of factors has led us to re-evaluate and we’ve directed the vendor to take down the website. Between links to irrelevant or outdated information, along with outside groups taking elements out of context, this created unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary. None of this helps our McDonald’s team members.”
The advice given on the site read like anti-fast food propaganda. “Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternatives to home cooking. While convenient and economical for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, and salt and may put people at risk for becoming overweight.” The advice appears with pictures of “a hamburger and fries, two items that the fast-food giant specializes in selling,” reports CNBC. “Another post labels a meal with a cheeseburger and fries as the ‘unhealthy choice’ and one with a submarine sandwich and salad as the ‘healthier choice,’ noting that it’s more of a challenge to eat healthy when visiting a fast-food place.”
And yet another post on the site advises the fast food chain’s employees that, “it is hard to eat a healthy diet when you eat at fast-food restaurants often,” adding that large portions make it easy to overeat, notes CNBC. “In general, people with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease must be very careful about choosing fast food because of its high fat, salt, and sugar levels,” the post said. And in case McDonald’s employees weren’t aware, the post also noted that menu items from fast-food places are “almost always high” in calories, fat, sugar and salt.
In a statement released earlier this week, McDonald’s said that “Portions of this website continue to be taken entirely out of context,” and that the company’s website, “provides useful information from respected third-parties about many topics, among them health and wellness. It also includes information from experts about healthy eating and making balanced choices. McDonald’s agrees with this advice.”
While McDonald’s has made attempts to add healthier menu items to its stores in recent years, the company has also recently been targeted in issues related to workers wages. Protests around the country have focused on urging fast food restaurants to increase their minimum wage to $15. McDonald’s recently advised its employees who were unable to make enough money working at the chain to apply for food stamps.
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