The American Medical Association House of Delegates began debating resolutions concerning “predatory marketing” tactics by McDonald's, competitive eating and taxing high-sugar soft drinks just as the Tuesday morning meeting began bumping up against the scheduled lunch hour.
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Before speaking on the fast-food marketing resolution, Dr. Aaron Spitz, a California urologist, disclosed that he was not an entirely disinterested party. “I have a conflict,” Spitz said. “I could really go for some McDonald’s right now.”
After a vote was taken on recognizing competitive speed eating as an unhealthy practice with potential adverse consequences, Dr. Keith De-Sonier, chairman of the Louisiana delegation, asked that a waiver be issued so that any resolutions against the consumption of fat, sugar or alcohol not apply to the House of Delegates meeting scheduled for this November in New Orleans.
As the delegates broke about 12:15 p.m., Dr. Jeremy Lazarus—speaker of the house, president-elect and avid fitness advocate—instructed them to “Walk quickly to lunch, eat slowly and eat well.”
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