Friday, December 20, 2013

Heart Attack Grill

I have a lot of opinions floating around in my head right now. Mostly stemming from this picture:

A friend sent it to me as motivation to continue supporting others in living a healthy lifestyle. You can guarantee it motivated me, but it also sparked a lot of controversy in my head. I was scared to write it out, because I don't want to make anyone who reads this blog feel bad about themselves or their friends and family, but there's just a few things I can't shake.

Like, who decided this was going to be a thing? And why has America embraced it? At 350 pounds, most people's bodies are not functioning properly and they have a difficult time getting around. We, as a community, should support people in trying to become healthier--not giving them something that will set them back on that journey. I know, I know, one meal won't knock you off track--but for the most part, when people have reached 350 pounds they've had a struggle with getting on track at all. The high fat, high salt and high calorie foods at Heart Attack Grill can make some peoples brains happy--like a drug. Would you give drug addicts free drugs if they met a certain criteria? NO! So why in our society is it okay to do this? Obesity is a contributor to the number 1 leading cause of death in America. If we keep embracing "fun" places like this, we'll never knock it down.

Next, I don't even know how to describe how I feel about the names of the burgers. "Double by-pass, triple by-pass, etc." I remember being told by doctors that my dad had to have triple by-pass and a valve replacement not too long ago, and they weren't fun words to hear. Your health isn't funny and naming a burger after a serious surgery that requires the sawing of your chest bone in half is distasteful on SO MANY LEVELS.

Now, please don't get me wrong. I love a good burger, and it's well known on this blog that I have a love for French fries. Yes, that means I've ordered a refill of fries at Red Robin a time or two, and maybe I'm being a hypocrite by singling out the Heart Attack Grill but its representing and glorifying so many aspects of our culture that make me sad. Rewarding someone for an addiction to food, feeding people poor quality food that is packed with nothing but fat and making fun of it all at the same time. I guess you can say that this is one place I'll never go. I mean, if you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything, right?

What are your thoughts? Have you ever been here? Do you think I'm taking this too literally? I'd love to hear!


  1. I really do NOT see the humor in the names of the burgers and can easily say that I wouldn't be ordering them.

  2. Well, speaking for myself as a member of the zipper club, I will do anything to never have to go under the knife again. What makes me mad is the strain obesity puts on the health care system and this place males a joke about it? It's not funny and I'm not laughing...


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