Who’s to Blame?

Just the other day I came across this article on a food-blog known as Foodista, It was quite shocking so I felt the need to share it with everyone:

Man Suffers Cardiac Arrest at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas

”Shortly after eating a Triple Bypass Burger, a man in his 40s suffered a heart attack at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. The theme restaurant is famous for its calorie-filled fare; the Quadruple Bypass burger, for example, contains over 8,000 calories, and other menu items include Flatliner Fries and Butterfat Milkshakes. Posted signs warn that the food is dangerous to your health, and the restaurant’s slogan is “Taste Worth Dying For.”

“I actually felt horrible for the gentleman because the tourists were taking photos of him as if it were some type of stunt,” said manager Jon Basso. “Even with our own morbid sense of humor, we would never pull a stunt like that.” It’s the first full-blown heart attack at the Las Vegas eatery. Basso told Fox 5 Vegas that he’d heard the man is “alive and recuperating.”

Who do you think is at fault: the man or the restaurant?”

Waitress serving up ''The Triple Bypass burger''

This article struck me because I could not actually believe such food even existed, I mean I would not even be tempted to eat it. tThis could be because of my mindset towards those sort of foods, but also because with everything going on in the world i.e. Lifestyle diseases, I would think most people would be aware of the various health risks involved and have the sense not to eat those foods regularly.

The question posed at the end of the article asks: Who is to be blamed? Well, in my opinion it was the customer. I say this because he was clearly an adult, responsible for whatever he puts in his mouth. While I sympathise and do feel somewhat awful and sad, A feeling of disappointment arises as I realise people are way too careless when it comes to taking care of their body. A tragedy such as this could not have just happened, I believe there may have been linked to other pre-cursors such as a heart attack or coronary heart disease. Both these can be caused by factors such as Unhealthy eating habits. Which Means that The incident did not occur directly from eating high fat foods, but due to prior heart conditions i.e. coronary heart disease.

I also believe that it is perfectly fine to indulge and savour the taste of your meals, it cannot be Broccoli and Brussel sprouts all the time. With that said, it is important to note that moderation is in fact key in living a healthy lifestyle.

Having thought about this article, The name and slogan of the restaurant clearly indicates what one would get themselves into. They are famous for serving up high calorie/fatty foods, as one can gather from the diners’ name. Although the type of food served has a link to what has happened, they are there to provide luxury and it is you who makes the decision as to what you want to eat. The fact that the incident occurred in the restaurant makes it even more shocking, also making it seem as ‘The Heart Attack Grill’ is to blame. But with following your own common sense and knowledge you realise, maybe the customer is not always right.

I am pleased to say that the victim is well and alive, But let this be an eye-opener to us all. You are free to eat whatever you like, but also remember to take care of you body and enjoy everything in moderation. I will admit that I too enjoy various take outs, but I never over-do it. So when eating out, be sensible.and responsible. Try not to let something tragic happen before you realise you need to make a change in your diet. It is never too late to make a change, start now. By eating well, you will live well.

If you would like to find some more interesting news/stories feel free to visit http://www.foodista.com. You can also sign up to receive their newsletters, which I highly recommend you do. Also follow them on Twitter to keep updated with their latest news and update: @Foodista

[healthy] edible pleasures to all.

Mariam

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