It seems as though the maker of the World’s greatest Fries can’t catch a break lately. They have to mess with how they cook their french fries so they have less fat and salt. I have been wondering if there are many folks out there who really don’t realize that french fries are salty and fattening. That’s why they taste so good. The Medical Insurance carriers are screaming about BMI, and so is the government, so they have to revise their french fries recipe. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person’s weight and height. The BMI calculation is a reliable indicator for obesity and is a helpful tool for insurance companies deciding if they wish to insure you or not. Have a BMI that is too out of wack and you may find yourself unable to qualify for individual Medical Insurance. Be sure to give the Medical Insurance broker current, correct, and accurate height and weight when looking for Medical Insurance.
The latest bad news to happen to Mickey D’s and other fast food chains with playgrounds for kids came about from a concerned mother. This particular mother is a clinical psychologist, Erin M. Carr-Jordan, Ph.D., who began her sleuthing when her kids complained about the “yucky” PlayPlace at a McDonald’s in Phoenix, Arizona.
Carr used swabs to take samples from the playground and then sent them to an environmental testing lab, which identified coli form bacteria (of which E.coli is one,
Staphylococcus and other potentially harmful pathogens.
I don’t suppose any of us would be particularly shocked by this news. I am more shocked that some of us don’t realize that french fries are fattening. But, hey, do you know what a Staph infection is and what can happen? It’s really nasty stuff. Exposing my kid to a staph infection would seem to be potentially more serious to a Medical Insurance provider than my kids’ BMI being a little too high.
Medicinenet.com defines a staphylococcus as “a group of bacteria that can cause a number of diseases as a result of infection of various tissues of the body. Staphylococcus is more familiarly now as Staph. Staph related illness can range from mild and requiring no treatment to severe and potentially fatal.” Yeah, let’s concentrate our concern on the fries.
As to the outcome of Staph infections if you should be unlucky enough to get one, again, from Medicinenet.com “the prognosis of Staph infections depends upon the type of infection that is present as well as other factors such as the extent to which the infection has spread.” They go on to say “mortality (death) rates range from 20%-40% in cases of Staph aureus infection of the bloodstream.” Moral of the story, please make sure you have Medical Insurance for your children before they go to a playground. And, I guess you better skip the fries.