Ask McDonalds to Reduce Portion Sizes by Mid-2013

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Target: Don Thompson, President and CEO of McDonalds

Goal: Reduce portion sizes by mid-2013

It’s no secret that heart disease, diabetes and obesity are on the rise in the U.S. But somehow, that hasn’t stopped people from lining up at McDonalds and ordering “supersized” meals. McDonalds has already taken measures to practice business more responsibly by switching to a more humane egg supplier, but it shouldn’t stop there. Another step in the right direction would be to reduce the restaurant’s enormous portion sizes.

The recommended serving size of meat per meal is three ounces. A double quarter pounder with cheese contains eight. Additionally, it has 66% of the daily recommended value of fat, over half the daily recommended value of sodium and almost one hundred percent of the daily recommended value of saturated fat. And that’s before a supersized order of fries is added to the mix.

We have to wonder, do McDonalds executives observe the dismal health statistics plaguing America? And if they do, why are they making bigger sandwiches instead of healthier ones? McDonalds is essentially selling diabetes, heart disease, cancer and obesity to the American public. As the world’s largest foodservice company, McDonalds has the opportunity to set an example to other fast food chains by offering smaller, healthier portion sizes.

In addition to being healthier, smaller portion sizes would also mean less meat is needed to meet demand. This would enable the company to use meat from free-range, grass-fed animals and reduce the need to use meat from factory farms. Instead of lowering prices and thus encouraging customers to just order more of the smaller sandwiches, McDonalds can use higher quality meat from humanely raised animals.

By signing this petition, you are telling McDonalds executives to help Americans eat healthier and reduce dependence on factory farms.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Don Thompson,

Obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes are a growing epidemic in America. One can’t deny that McDonalds’ enormous sandwiches are a contributing factor. Some of McDonalds’ sandwiches contain almost an entire day’s worth of the recommended value for saturated fat.

In addition to being unhealthy, serving such large portions of meat requires the need for a large supply of animals. Reducing portion sizes could provide McDonalds with the opportunity to reduce its dependence on meat that comes from factory-farmed animals.

As the world’s leading foodservice chain, McDonalds has the opportunity to set an example for other chains by practicing business more responsibly. A step was already made in that direction when you switched to a more humane egg supplier, leading Target and others to do the same. It’s time to make that same step regarding your customers’ health.

We urge you to reduce portion sizes and eliminate supersize options in order to encourage healthier eating and reduce dependency on factory farms.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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