While billions served may not care necessarily about the detrimental effects of scarfing down a Big Mac, Prince Charles thinks differently and is convinced the food chain should be shut down for good. Attending the launch of a public health awareness campaign to fight diabetes in the United Arab Emirates, Charles spoke to nutritionist Nadine Tayara and said, “Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s, have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key.”
The debate concerning the American food chain’s impact on obesity around the world has long been a standing issue. There have been lawsuits filed, documentaries made, protests, and warnings from nutritionists. Some people in the medical field believe eating at fast food chains — even once a month — can have damaging health consequences.
In response to the royal slam, McDonald’s said it was “disappointed”, adding that other royals “have probably got a more up-to-date picture of us”. A McDonald’s spokesman suggested Charles was unaware of the company’s efforts, which included improved labeling and supporting sustainable agriculture.
Prince Charles has long been a supporter of a balanced diet; especially for children. Both him and celebrity chef, Jaime Oliver have worked hard to improve the organic quality of food throughout the UK system. He recently hosted a reception at Clarence House in London for cooks and head teachers to stress the importance of giving pupils healthy meals. Charles also has a farm on his Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire, England that outlaws the use of artificial pesticides or fertilizers.