Thursday, January 31, 2008

The McDiploma

No, it's not another report card scheme like the one I reported on a few weeks ago. Now, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority of England has awarded McDonald's restaurants the right to award the equivalent of an advanced high-school qualification as part of a governmental push to build skills in English youth.

Apparently McDonald's will train "students" in "basic staff management" and in their course work,

"cover everything the 7,000 managers of McDonald’s outlets across the country need to know for the day-to-day running of a McDonald's restaurant; from basic operational requirements to finance, marketing and HR."
Currently in England there are over 1,000 McDonald's restaurants.

Currently in England one in six 11 and 12 year olds is obese as are 1/4 of adults and as recently as two days ago experts in England predicted that obesity will soon be the number one cause of preventable death in their country.

Last week in England it was announced that 372 million pounds were being put aside to combat obesity.

Hmmmmmm, so let me get this straight England. Your country thinks obesity is about to become its number one preventable cause of death, your kids and adults are obese, there are tons of fast food restaurants all over and you've just pledged almost 400 million pounds to work on obesity treatment and prevention and yet you've also gone ahead and officially encouraged your country's obese youth to learn how to open more fast food franchises?


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  1. Fitness Avenger6:02 am

    Would you mind commenting on the so-called "Fat Acceptance" movement? This philosophy, mostly, though not entirely, advocated by women, argues that obesity -- even morbid obesity -- is inevitable, unchangeable, healthy, normal, and sexy.

    I am a member of another blog,, which is dedicated to fighting this nonsense. Believe it or not, most of the contributors are healthy thin women in unhappy marriages to seriously obese men.

  2. NAAFA is an extremely motivated group and while I do not share all of their views, certainly I agree that advocacy for the obese is terrifically important and that the stigmatization of obesity unfortunately remains perhaps the last socially acceptable form of stereotyping.

    I've mentioned them before and believe a few of them have left comments on various posts on my blog.

    You can see some over at this post (you'll have to paste the link together):