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Head chef at McDonald's makes a controversial statement

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America has an obesity epidemic. Wednesday's talker is about who's to blame for it.

Soda pop has been linked to the problem. That's why a lot of cities, including Chicago, have looked at hiking taxes on it.

New York went even further. It's close to finalizing a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces. But before all that, a fast food company right in our suburbs was the big target.

For a long time, McDonald's was the poster-child for unhealthy eating. It's worked hard to shake that image. And now it's top chef is hitting back in a way that's raised some eyebrows.

One comment, in particular, to a newspaper reporter is what got people's attention.

The chef said: "I don't see anything on the McDonald's menu that's unhealthy."

Really? Really -- Chef Dan Coudreaut meant it. And when you put his remark in a larger context, he has a point; a couple of them, actually.

His main point is that McDonald's is not to blame for America's obesity problem. He says burgers and fries are fine if eaten in moderation as part of an overall balanced diet. He also notes McDonald's has been providing healthier foods to help with the balance -- things like oatmeal, salads, yogurt, and grilled chicken.

But not everyone is convinced. A tweet from Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker behind the documentary "Super Size Me," says: "McDonald's chef: 'I don't see anything on the menu that's unhealthy.' And in other news, McD chef declared blind."

Registered dietician Jamie Steckler says McDonald's has taken steps toward healthier food. But she says with the big influence it has on America's diet, it needs to do more.

For now, she's keeping her clients, and her family, away.

"If you do have a very well balanced diet, you can have it rarely or occasionally, but it's not something that I would ever recommend," Steckler said.

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