Now, we may ask: What are the "registered dieticias" doing during their working hours at hospitals and clinics, giving us can food? We are patients who need care, some of us after delivering a child, others after invasive surgery, others with diabetes and so on and so forth. Do they know how to feed the patients? -I suppose they are, that is why they study and get trained, but when it comes to real life and put the skills into practice, why are they absent? or in other words, what do they learn in school? Are they trained to do the right thing? and if they are, why don't we see the results?
In an article published by "This dish is veg, dishing up animal rights, vegan, vegetarian, Eco-friendly News", Laeticia Butler compiles the following information:
Recently PCRM, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has done research on the types of foods available at hospitals nationwide. After a review of 110 hospitals, a list was composed of the top 5 institutions offering the most unhealthy food options.
- St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas- this hospital is known for their advancements in heart surgery, so I don't think it's inappropriate when I say it's a little hypocritical for them to allow four, yes FOUR fast food restaurants in their cafeteria. In addition, they offer a fried-chicken bar in case you need that extra artery clogged. Maybe this is their way of making sure they don't run out of patients.
- Medical University of South Carolina University Hospital Complex located in Charleston, S.C.- if you thought the four fast food outlets listed at St. Luke's was too much, then skip right onto the next because the Medical University of South Carolina has FIVE! Their cafeteria also serves country-fried steak and other high-fat food options.
- Naval Medical Center San Diego Hospital Facility Complex in San Diego, CA- A little better, this hospital offers three fast food outlets. But wait, just when there was hope; it turns out that they provide patients with a menu offering a variety of pork chops, meatball sandwiches, and other high-cholesterol eats. Now that's the way to recover from a heart attack!
- Duke University Hospital Complex located in Durham, N.C.- again, this hospital has three fast food outlets in their cafeteria while featuring a cholesterol raising menu to their patients.
- Children's Memorial Hospital Complex in Chicago, Ill- you would think this is the best of the list with just one fast food outlet, but think again; the patients are able to choose from a menu of chicken wings, quesadillas with bacon and (gasp) hot dogs!
I ask my blog readers now, is it a good idea?