Thursday, May 12, 2005

"Houston, we have a problem"

Maybe it's me... but when there's an obesity crisis in the US, especially in Texas, and your Amarillo, TX restaurant is challenging people to eat a 72-ounce steak, salad, shrimp cocktail, baked potato, and roll in under an hour, you're not really helping things. I guess if a customer eats this monster in under an hour they get the $54 meal comped. I wonder how much the agony of digestion is worth for the next two days?

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christy6 said...

I live in Amarillo Texas and work for the Chamber of Commerce. I workout and eat healthy. I have been a Beach Body customer since February 2003. We have visitors from all over the world that have heard about Amarillo and the 72oz steak challenge and many many articles published every year. Few people actually attempt to eat the steak but some do. You would be surprised by who actually gets it done. It isn't an obese guy or gal. More often than not it's a typical healthy looking man or woman who meet the challenge for FUN. Most people just like to visit the restaurant for a GREAT steak and talk about trying to eat the meal. We do not promote over eating in Amarillo - It's just a tourist promotion and a very effective one. Everything is bigger in TEXAS.

Carl Daikeler said...

I appeciate the promotional aspect of it, but at the same time, I think it's not a healthy one. There are other ways to generate excitement about great tasting food without celebrating over-eating. Like other states, Texas has an issue with obesity. Imagine how exciting it might be if people were rewarded for making a healthy choice.

Ultimately, it's not my business to judge... Except, I can hope that, in general, the collective message we are getting is one of making healthy choices, not the challenge to act in an unhealthy way without any consequence. That's my point.

christy6 said...

I agree with you and see your point but you can't blame a restaurant or a city on obesity. The problem is the people. It's a gimmick. If you are going to do might as well blame every all-you-can-eat-buffet.

We are responsible for our own decisions! If we choose to eat a side of cow or sample everything from a buffet, it's not the restaurant's fault or the state of Texas for that matter. Just a thought :)