Idaho Statesman, 7/27/02, main2

It had to come to this didn't it?

Man sues fast food chains over his obesity

NEWYORK-A man sued four t leading fast food chains, claiming he became obese and suffered from other serious health problems from eating their fatty cuisine.

Caesar Barber, 56, filed a lawsuit this week in Bronx Supreme Court, naming McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken.

"They said ‘100 percent beef.’ I thought that meant it was good for you," Barber told Newsday. "I thought the food was OK. "

"Those people in the advertisements don’t really tell you what’s in the food," he said. "I’ts all fat, fat and more fat. Now I’m obese.

Barber, a 5-foot-l0 maintenance worker who weighs 272 pounds, had heart attacks in 1996 and 199 and has diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He said he ate fast food for decades believing it was good for him until his doctor cautioned him otherwise.

"The fast food industry has wrecked my life," Barber told the New York Post.

His lawyer, Samuel Hirsch, said the restaurants should list ingredients on their menus.

The four chains have been providing nutritional information, including calorie and fat content, of their meals for many years.