Long time readers might remember when I posted about the Heart Attack Cafe. The Heart Attack Cafe is a trendy restaurant in Nevada that warns you right on the door: THIS PLACE IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH.
All the waitresses dress in skimpy nurse costumes, your order is wrapped around your wrist like a patient identification bracelet and if you eat their mammoth Quadruple Bypass Burger (Weighing in at 2lbs and nearly 9000 calories) they will wheel you out in a wheel chair like some sort of morbid victory procession. Vegetables and diet soda are nowhere to be found and there is a French fry bar with a cheese dispenser.
They don't try to hide it. In fact they are proud of it: this place is unhealthy. I think that's what draws so many people to it.
Now for the ironic news of the day: the unofficial spokesman of the Heart Attack Cafe, John Alleman age 52, died of a heart attack last week shortly after he started shaking a sweating from eating the 6000 calorie Triple Bypass burger.
Jon Basso, the owner of the Cafe pointed out that Alleman was a huge advocate of the restaurant and one of its most frequent attendees. The shocking part of this story is that only a few years ago, the Cafe's first unofficial mascot Blair River died as well. The reports say his death was from pneumonia. Newpapers also mention another 40 year old women having a heart attack in the cafe in May 2012 while eating the double bypass burger, smoking a cigarette and drinking a margarita.
Amazingly, all of this is having very little impact on the restaurants business.
Many would argue that such a restaurant should be shut down. It promotes consuming unfiltered cigarettes, shakes with a full stick of butter’s worth of fat in them, bacon slathered burgers and offers free food to those over 350lbs. In my original article I said I have no desire to go to such a place (and I still have no intention of going), but the restaurant cannot be solely blamed when it's written in big letters right on the front:
NOT GOOD FOR YOU.
I do believe there needs to be some policy in place so there is easier access to healthy food, ways to learn food skills to cook at home and the development of environments that allow us to be active. I also believe we have our own personal responsibility as well. Blair River and John Alleman were two completely different men. Blair was young and nearly 575lbs and John was in his 50's and only about 180lbs.
What I’m trying to say is that it’s not all about weight. It’s also how we treat our bodies. Despite all the warnings, both of these men chose to regularly attend this restaurant and eat excessive amounts of this anything but healthy food.
Patrons be warned: You might think it will never happen to you but it just goes to show if you are not looking after yourself, it can come back to bite you.