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Charles says 'ban McDonalds'

27th February 2007

The Prince of Wales has told a nutritionist in Abu Dhabi that the “keyâ€? to children eating healthily was to ban McDonald’s.

The heir to the throne was attending the launch of a public health awareness campaign aimed at fighting diabetes in the United Arab Emirates when he made the remark. As he watched a group of children choose from a selection of healthy and unhealthy snacks for their packed lunches he was overheard saying, “Have you got anywhere with McDonald’s? Have you tried getting it banned? That’s the key.�

A spokesperson for the Prince issued a statement saying, "The Prince of Wales has for a long time advocated the importance of a balanced diet, especially for children. In visiting the diabetes centre today, he was keen to emphasise the need for children to enjoy the widest variety of food and not to eat any particular sort of food to excess.�

A representative from McDonald’s that Prince Charles’s remark was “disappointingâ€? and that other members of his family, who had visited the fast-food chain, “probably had a more up-to-date picture of us.â€?  She added that their food would fit into any balanced diet.

Prince Charles has long been an advocate of healthy and organic eating and produces a range of foods from his Highgrove Estate that are free from artificial pesticides and fertilisers.

 

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