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A Brazilian McDonald's worker who gained 65 pounds during the 12 years that he worked at the establishment has sued the company and won.
The man, who has not been identified, weighed between 154-165 pounds when he became an employee in 1996. The weight that he gained caused additional health problems, such as high cholesterol and muscle weakness. He blames the free lunches that are high in fat, sugar, and salt.
The court only gave McDonald's partial liability. They said that the employee's sedentary lifestyle may have also contributed to his obesity, but that McDonald's was partially to blame regardless. The company will have to pay $17,500 in addition to 80% of his health expenses.
This is not the first obesity related law suit, although they are relatively rare. New studies are showing that food high in fat, sugar, and salt can have neurological effects similar to drugs, making it more dangerous than people once assumed.
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