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King of Porn?

Society never gets its act together fast enough to satisfy activists. Take obesity. We're a nation of fatsos, and we hear about it in study after study. Fingers start pointing, and the activists blame the fast food industry, a.k.a "Big Fat."

But now things are changing. Today it's possible to go to Burger King and fill up on a grilled chicken Whopper (you can even hold the mayo) or a big bowl of salad, topped with grilled chicken or shrimp.

Fast food joints are hustling to cater to a more health-conscious public, but there will always be a market for stuff like this:

    [Burger King] debuted its Enormous Omelet Sandwich Monday. The sandwich has one sausage patty, two eggs, two American cheese slices and three strips of bacon.

    That works out to 730 calories and 47 grams of fat -- more than a Whopper burger, which the Burger King Web site said has 700 calories and 42 grams of fat.

This is actually good news for food Puritans. It means they'll always have the opportunity to sound off on a new outrage:

    "The critics will still label it food porn," Sherri Daye Scott, editor at fast-food magazine QSR, told USA Today, which first reported the story. "But the average male fast-food customer does not have a problem with this."

    Scott was right -- the new breakfast sandwich was quickly criticized due to health concerns.

    "Eating like this is a step on the way to a heart attack," Fred Pescatore, author of The Hamptons Diet told the paper. "It's irresponsible."

    Morgan Spurlock, who ridiculed McDonald's in the documentary film "Super Size Me," told the paper that Burger King's new breakfast sandwich, "should come with a $5-off coupon for your first angioplasty."

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