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Obese man sues fast food chains

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

Caesar Barber, 56, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Bronx Supreme Court, naming McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King and KFC.

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

Barber, a 5-foot-10 maintenance worker who weighs 272 pounds, had heart attacks in 1996 and 1999 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.

Barber said there is no history of heart disease or diabetes in his family. He said he started eating fast food in the 1950s because it was cheap and efficient.

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

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

Steven Anderson, chief executive and president of the National Restaurant Association, called Barber's claim "senseless and baseless."

"Obviously the lawsuit is a blatant attempt to capitalize on the recent publicity and news stories on the growing rates of obesity," he said.

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