Chain Restaurants and X-Treme Eating
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is pointing the finger at chain restaurants for the proliferation of X-treme Eating: "[The Cheesecake Factory's] Chris' Outrageous Chocolate Cake combines brownie, pie, and cheesecake into 1,380-calorie pudding. The CPSI says this is "the equivalent of eating two [McDonald's] Quarter Pounders plus a large fries - for dessert". "Since those chains make almost zero nutrition information available on menus, their customers don't have a clue that they might be getting a whole day's worth of calories in a single dish, or several days' worth in the whole meal," the centre says."
One item mentioned in their press release is Uno Chicago Grill's Pizza Skins, but come on, if the menu says "We start with our famous deep dish crust, add mozzarella and red bliss mashed potatoes, and top it off with crispy bacon, cheddar, and sour cream" how can you not know what you're getting? No one disputes that chain restaurants make insanely unhealthy foods, but it's also true that no one forces you to eat at them or to order the fattiest things on the menu. At the end of the day, we can only hold ourselves responsible for what we've chosen to put into our bodies.