Yes, this is a real thing. April Fools' Day has come and gone. Many states in the U.S. house fast-food restaurants in their hospitals.
So, once you've recovered from your heart attack, you can just go downstairs and grab yourself a Big Mac.
Understandably, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) isn't exactly thrilled about this, so they made this map, which shows the US hospitals with fast-food chains inside them:
Of the 208 hospitals (most of them public) that PCRM investigated in its report, 43 had fast-food chains within their walls — mostly McDonald's, Wendy's, and Chick-Fil-A.
PCRM staff dietitian Cameron Wells told Mother Jones that some of these french-frying joints have contracts that require them to give a certain percentage of their profits to their hospitals, which means that "the more unhealthful food the restaurant sells to patients and their families, the richer the hospital gets."
According to the report, six of the fast-food-serving facilities they found were children's hospitals. In fact, the Children's Hospital of Georgia, actually offers "McDelivery," which allows patients to get McDonald's delivered right to their beds.
"Seeing this in a children's hospital — that's the most vulnerable population," Wells said. "Fast food is not going to help children get better."
We agree. Just as cigarettes are banned from hospitals, so too should the junk food that could be contributing to — if not causing — people's medical problems.