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.