The Waitresses Dress as Nurses at the Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, Arizona
We can, as a society, be astoundingly cruel to people who are obese.
"Maybe this partially explains why obese people are flocking to a restaurant outside Phoenix, Arizona, whose name, and I am not making this up, is the Heart Attack Grill.
The restaurant, which seats 100, is often packed. It offers what owner Jon Basso calls, "an environment of acceptance to overweight customers who are typically demonized by society."
A few weeks ago, the 575-pound spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill, a 29-year-old man named Blair River, died. It wasn't a heart attack, it was pneumonia. He had been the public face of the restaurant and the star of its advertising. He was also the single father for a five-year-old girl.
At nearly 600 pounds. Blair River ate all his meals free at the restaurant.
Heart Attack Grill owner Jon Basso did not deny the link between the young man's excessive weight and his tragically premature death.
"I hired him to promote my food," said Basso, "(but his) life was cut short because he carried extra weight."
Ironically, the restaurant's motto is "Food Worth Dying For."
Anyone remember reading about the Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, Arizona? Or watching the CBS video in which it was featured? It made the rounds on the email circuit for months.
Two years I posted the video about it, in "8000 Calories Of A Bypass On A Bun! Enjoy A Hamburger To Die For At The Heart Attack Grill In Chandler, Arizona" If you missed it back in 2009, you might want to refresh your memory.
John Robbins' on "Being Fat in America"
Blog reader Kate just sent me a link to Robbins' sensitive essay on obesity. It's a quick read--and it took me by surprise. That's all I'm going to say.
I just got home from work--and I'm about to head out the door, so a link is all you get--but all you need. I just wanted to pass this essay on in case you haven't yet seen it. It certainly touched me. Click here for: Being Fat in America