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Fact Check-Image purporting to show McDonald’s tweet claiming obesity does not exist is fabricated

An image purporting to show a tweet sent by fast-food chain McDonald’s claiming that obesity doesn’t exist is fabricated. No such post was published by the company.

The image appears to show a tweet published on Sept. 8, 2022, via the official McDonald’s Twitter account (@McDonald). The purported tweet reads: “The term “obese” and the BMI scale were created by settler institutions and are inherently anti-black. “Overweight” people don’t exist, there’s no one body type that determines what every other body should look like. Please don’t give fatphobia a seat at your table.”

The image purports to show that the tweet gathered more than 2,400 likes and 180 retweets at the time the screenshot was supposedly captured.

One user added in the comments: “They do though? Genuine negative health effects for being overweight” (here).

Another said: “Gee I wonder why they’re saying this? Is it because their food is unhealthy and could make people severely obese? No that can’t be the point, surely not…” (here).

One iteration on Twitter gathered more than 18,000 likes at the time of writing (here).

Other examples of the image shared online can be found (here), (here) and (here).

“This is a fake post and was not published from an official McDonald’s account,” the company confirmed to Reuters.

A search through the company’s Twitter profile does not reveal the purported tweet, nor does a Twitter advanced search reveal the supposed post (twitter.com/McDonalds), (archive.ph/wip/RqN4j).

Unless a tweet is swiftly deleted, there will likely be replies under a notice of a deleted tweet. Reuters found no evidence of this pertaining to the company’s Twitter account on the alleged date the tweet was sent, Sept. 8 (archive.ph/wip/RHLFz).

Reuters previously addressed fabricated images that purported to show tweets sent by companies or political figures (here), (here), (here).

VERDICT

False. The fast-food chain McDonald’s did not issue a tweet claiming that obesity does not exist. The image was fabricated.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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