These days you can sue just about anyone - now you can add fast food restaurants to the list. Apparently, a 5-foot-10-inch, 272-pound man has sued four major fast food chains, claiming that the food he regularly ate there contributed to his obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The class-action lawsuit is seeking unknown compensatory damages against McDonald's, Wendy's, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King on behalf of 56-year-old maintenance worker Caesar Barber and others. The lawsuit also seeks to have the companies label individual products with fat, salt, cholesterol and other dietary content as well as to warn users of the health effects. Barber's attorney stated that consumers are not getting adequate warning about foods that could cause obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels. The National Restaurant Association thinks that the lawsuit is frivolous. "This lawsuit, which solely makes restaurants responsible for obesity in America, swallows a simplistic notion," said Steven Anderson, president and CEO of the Washington-based association. "It is a blatant attempt to capitalize on the recent news stories on the growing rates of obesity."
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