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A plant-based doctor has led a protest against a Burger King outlet in a hospital.

Physician Saray Stancic was joined by representatives from the Physicians Committee – a pro-plant-based nonprofit – at the demo outside University Hospital in New Jersey. They held signs saying: “Doctors’ Orders: University Hospital Should Be #FastFoodFree!”

According to the Physicians Committee, the contract between Burger King and the hospital will likely end in or around 2021, and health advocates want the hospital to ‘change its food environment’ at this point.

Food and health

“Many patients enter the hospital with diet-related diseases like diabetes, and greasy bacon burgers and other fast food items can worsen these conditions,” Minh Nguyen, MS, RD, a registered dietitian at the Physicians Committee and the Barnard Medical Center, said in a statement.

“University Hospital should provide and promote tasty, plant-based meals that can help people prevent and even reverse diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.”

Plant Based News has contacted Burger King for comment.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.