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Advocacy Group Calls For Hospitals To Ban McDonald's

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4/11/2012 4:12 PM ET

Over two-dozen hospitals around the country have come under fire from an medical professionals advocacy group for their choice to house McDonald's restaurants in their food court.

Corporate Accountability International, an advocacy group comprised of over 2,000 healthcare professionals, issued a letter Tuesday requesting these hospitals "stop fostering a food environment that promotes harm, not health."

According to the campaign's director, Sara Deon, it's irresponsible of hospitals to offer such an unhealthy option in a supposed place of healing.

"We hear from physicians saying kids come in for their diabetic check-ups and they hear the parents saying 'If you are well-behaved, we'll take you for a treat at the McDonald's down the hall,'" Deon told usatoday.com.

McDonald's has 27 outlets in hospitals across the country and, according to a rep from the company, they offer more healthy choices than ever before.

"Today, we offer more variety than ever in our menu and we trust that our customers will make the appropriate choices for them, their families and lifestyles," a spokesperson told public radio.

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