Wasn't Fast Food Nation enough?
They must have a heck of a disclaimer in the contract. Suppose someone suffers a heart attack or some other medical problem while this fast food feast is going on, couldn't the researchers be liable?
Come to think of it, I have heard of there being deaths during drug trials - then they stop the study. No lawsuit (or nothing in public court, at least).
I imagine they (volunteers/participants/guinea pigs) have to sign some kind of waiver, but I'm not sure that always eliminates potential lawsuits if something happens and negligence or malpractice could be proven.
I don't know any of the specific details, but my aunt was in some kind of drug study. It destroyed her health, and she ultimately sued and won.
It doesn't sound like there are drugs involved in this research project (unless you want to include all the crap and chemicals that's in fast food drugs.
) It's been shown that losing 5% of body weight can produce health benefits and reduce risk factors even if you're still overweight or obese. They'll be looking to see what's different between those whose other risk factors increase with the 5% weight gain and those who see no significant change in those risk factors. This is the list of restaurants where the participants can eat:
- Taco Bell
- Burger King
- Pizza Hut
If you were in this study and were trying to gain 10 pounds in three months which would you choose and what would you eat? If you wanted to gain the weight, but didn't want your other risk factors (cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, etc.) to increase, what foods would you eat from these restaurants in order to try to avoid that? Just food for thought.