(CHICAGO) — McDonald’s employees, who often take their meals at the restaurants they work in, ought to stay away from eating too much fast food, the company’s McResource website warns.
The website set up for the hamburger chain’s workers has drawn controversy in the past for its advice, coming under fire from fast food workers advocating for a higher wages. The worker group under Low Pay is Not OK earlier sent out a recorded phone call in which a McDonald’s employee was advised to look into food stamps for assistance. And another portion of the site offered advice on how much to tip housekeepers and others who were clearly not in the sights of many of the chain’s workers.
Now its McResourceLine.com website is advising workers to be cautious about eating fast food.
The website says, “Fast foods are quick, reasonably priced, and readily available alternatives to home cooking. While convenient and inexpensive for a busy lifestyle, fast foods are typically high in calories, fat saturated fat, sugar and salt.”
Next to an image of a burger, fries and soda, is the text, “Eating a diet in high fat puts people at risk for becoming overweight.”
Lisa McComb, a spokeswoman for McDonald’s, provided a statement to ABC News that read, “Portions of this website continue to be taken entirely out of context. This 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.”
“This is why McDonald’s offers nutrition information and menu options for our customers to make informed choices,” the statement continued. “We serve a variety of balanced menu choices and have introduced oatmeal, grilled chicken, egg whites and real-fruit smoothies in a range of serving sizes for adults and kids. We remain committed to offering information that helps our customers and our employees make the menu decisions that are right for them.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN