Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The incidence of obesity is
rising at an alarming rate in the United States, with nearly 18% of adult
Americans now considered obese.1 High-calorie
diets, due in part to the proliferation of fast food restaurants, are an important
contributing factor.2 Surprisingly, hospitals—institutions
traditionally involved in the promotion of health-related behavior—are
increasingly contracting with fast food franchises that frequently offer limited,
high-fat, high-calorie menus.3 The prevalence
of such franchises in hospitals across the United States is not known.
Cram P, Nallamothu BK, Fendrick AM, Saint S. Fast Food Franchises in Hospitals. JAMA. 2002;287(22):2945–2946. doi:10.1001/jama.287.22.2942
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