by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Eats, Healthy Living, Lifestyle.
Photo: ayesamson/Flickr

The recent news that a diner suffered a heart attack while eating the ‘Triple Bypass Burger’ has not been good press for the Heart Attack Grill to say the least. This comes less than a year after Blair River, the Grill’s official spokesman, died at the age of 29.

Now, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is speaking out and asking the Heart Attack Grill to close up shop. The doctors at PCRM say the restaurant should declare “moral bankruptcy” after the recent heart attack.

PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard said, “Bypass surgery is no joke to anyone who has lost a loved one to heart disease. This latest emergency should be a wake-up call for the Heart Attack Grill. The restaurant should end its bizarre attempts to capitalize on obesity and clogged arteries and reopen with a new name and a new menu featuring heart-healthy vegan options.”

River died of pneumonia last year, but PCRM says that obesity greatly increase the risk of respiratory complications such as pneumonia. River was 575 pounds at the time of his death. They also point out that the Heart Attack Grill says they let anyone over 350 pounds eat for free.

According to PCRM, the average American eats more than 200 pounds of meat and 30 pounds of cheese a year. They say these high-fat and cholesterol foods contribute to the obesity affecting two-thirds of the population and the cardiovascular disease found in 80 million Americans.

The doctors also point out that vegetarian and vegan diets can help prevent (or reverse) heart disease and other conditions. PCRM provides a 21-Day Vegan Kickstart program to help people get started with a plant-based diet. The program is recommended by veg celebs like Alicia Silverstone who launced a kickstart last month.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zippy-Pinhead/100003452817987 Zippy Pinhead

    Mind your own fucking business. To ask the restaurant to shut down is preposterous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phil-Cooper/100000934444673 Phil Cooper

    PCRM should mind their own business and butt out. Nobody is forced to patronize the Heart Attack Grill. Nobody is forced to eat anything they order at one sitting; they can request a take-out box or bag, just like at any other restaurant. The Heart Attack Grill isn’t making anyone sick, but the incessant encroachment on our liberties and rights by the Nanny State is causing a lot of needless stress that will end up killing millions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Francisco-José-Charrua/1123029359 Francisco José Charrua

    The way I see it, The name of the restaurant and the name of the names of the menu items are similar to warning labels on cigarette packs. In no way are clients being misled.

  • MeatDownYourThroat

    Some of us don’t care how you vegans think we should be eating. People have heart attacks every day, blaming this one on the restaurant is insane. At least they’re not trying to promote their fare as healthy… which is more than you can say about 50% of the chain restaurants in existence.

    I can’t wait until you get botulism so we can blame your death on your “healthy” lifestyle and propensity to can organic produce from your garden.

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  • Pheasance

    I’m so thankful PCRM exists, though I wonder why all physicians aren’t members. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would start a business like this.