Hazardous Hospital Food

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Hazardous Hospital Food
Hazardous Hospital Food
 

A hospital is supposed to be a place of healing and a pillar of health. Yet, many serve the foods that may have helped land patients in the hospital in the first place.

In this episode, “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll sits down with Leslie Rudloff, Esq., director of legal affairs at The Physicians Committee, to talk about the big money contracts between hospitals and fast food restaurants that generate millions of dollars every year. 

Perhaps most troubling is the fact that the unhealthy food epidemic extends into children’s hospitals where young patients are being served food proven to have links to colorectal cancer. Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., joins the show to discuss the #HazardousHotDogs campaign.

Alissa White-Gluz

Alissa

Plant-based death metal rocker Alissa White-Gluz takes time out of her busy touring schedule to join the show! Alissa is the lead singer of the band Arch Enemy and goes to great lengths to keep it plant-based while performing all over the world. You’ll hear her fascinating story of being raised vegetarian and not understanding why her friends were consuming animals when she was a young child.

Alissa is also a must-follow on social media. Check out Alissa and Arch Enemy on tour.

#HazardousHotDogs

Birmingham HotDog in Hosp

Hot dogs should not be served in children’s hospitals. They are the No. 1 choking risk for children and have also been linked to colorectal cancer.

In fact, studies show that consuming one daily 50-gram serving of processed meat—about the size of a typical hot dog—increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent.

Yet, as of 2017, 72 percent of surveyed children’s hospitals nationwide serve cancer-causing hot dogs to patients, according to a report by The Physicians Committee. That’s an alarming statistic given that the World Cancer Research Fund warns that no amount of processed meats, including hot dogs, is safe for consumption. Even more alarming, according to a recent study published in JAMA Surgery, colon cancer rates are increasing in young people (ages 20 to 34 years).

The states with the highest rates of fatalities, known as “the colon cancer corridor,” include Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Hot dogs serve as an indicator of a disease-promoting food environment.

At least four children’s hospitals located in the colon cancer corridor already exclude hot dogs from patient menus, including West Virginia University Children’s Hospital.

Children’s Hospital Located in
Colon Cancer Corridor

Serves
Hot Dogs? 

State

State Colorectal Cancer Death Rates*

West Virginia University Children’s Hospital

No

West Virginia

19.70

Batson Children’s Hospital

No

Mississippi

18.60

Children’s Hospital, New Orleans

Yes

Louisiana

18.30

Arkansas Children’s Hospital

No

Arkansas

17.60

Children’s Hospital of Alabama

Yes

Alabama

17.50

University of Southern Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital

No

Alabama

17.50

Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center

Yes

Oklahoma

17.30

Norton Children’s Hospital

No

Kentucky

16.80

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

Yes

Tennessee

16.40

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital

Yes

Tennessee

16.40

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Yes

Tennessee

16.40

Akron Children’s Hospital

Yes

Ohio

16.10

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Yes

Ohio

16.10

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Yes

Ohio

16.10

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital

Yes

Ohio

16.10

#HazardousHotDogs Progress

The Physicians Committee 2017 Hospital Food Report

Two Children’s Hospitals Improve Patient Menus, Remove #HazardousHotDogs

University of Mississippi Medical Center Improves Menu, Drops Hot Dogs

AMA Passes Resolution: Hospitals Should Provide Plant-Based Meals and Remove Cancer-Causing Processed Meats

 

#FastFoodFree

Hospitals with fast food restaurants

Many studies have clearly demonstrated the health risks associated with eating fast food. A study published in the journal Circulation found that people who eat fast food once a week increase their risk of dying from heart disease by 20 percent. And those who eat fast food two to three times a week increase their risk of death by 50 percent. Moreover, consuming four or more fast-food meals a week increases the risk of dying from heart disease by nearly 80 percent.

Another study published in Public Health Nutrition finds that on days people eat fast food they consume about 200 additional calories.

Meanwhile, research from the Black Women’s Health Study finds that eating two or more servings a week of restaurant hamburgers increases the risk of diabetes by 40 percent and that two or more servings of fried chicken a week increases the risk of diabetes by 68 percent. 

Hospitals That Have Closed McDonald’s

  1. Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
    Closed McDonald’s in 2016
  2. Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego
    Closed McDonald’s in July 2016
  3. Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta
    Closed McDonald’s in June 2016
  4. Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.
    Closed McDonald’s in 2016
  5. Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio
    Closed McDonald’s in September 2015
  6. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    Closed McDonald’s in January 2015
  7. Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas
    Closed McDonald’s in January 2015
  8. Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Fla.
    Closed McDonald’s in June 2014
  9. Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.
    Closed McDonald’s in December 2013
  10. Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.
    Closed McDonald’s in November 2012
  11. Parkland Hospital in Dallas
    Closed McDonald’s in 2009

Hospitals Still Hosting McDonald’s

  1. Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  2. Georgia Regents Medical Center/Children’s Hospital of Georgia in Augusta, Ga.
  3. Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami
  4. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas
  5. Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon, Ga.
  6. Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa
  7. Naval Medical Center San Diego in San Diego
  8. Northside Hospital in Atlanta
  9. Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston
  10. Tampa General Hospital in Tampa, Fla.
  11. Methodist Rehabilitation Center at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss.

Progress

Kosair Children’s Hospital Will Shut Down McDonald’s

Grady Hospital Shuts Down Its McDonald’s

Heart Healthy Foods for Hospitals Toolkit

Ads Criticize Fast Food at John Peter Smith Hospital

Billboards Confront McDonald’s at Ben Taub Hospital

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