I had a patient a few months ago who was a teenage McDonald's employee. Her mechanism of injury involved getting punched in the face by an angry customer and falling to the ground injuring her arm and back. He was angry because he was being refunded for an error in his order and needed to sign a receipt or something to finalize his refund. Apparently this extra step was just too much to ask, and the only response he had was punching this woman in her face and knocking her to the ground. She said she gets angry customers every day, usually complaining over petty issues with a disproportionate amount of rage, but had never been physically threatened, let alone attacked. It is baffling how pissed off customers can get over their shitty fast food experiences.
This particular situation came out of McDonald's, but I'm sure the customer rage is noticeable in many fast food joints. Imagine if all this pent-up rage on the part of overeating, fast food junkies could be directed toward something positive, such as regular exercise!
I was given a $5 gift card to McDonald's from work (oh boy, my favorite /s) recently. I decided I would just use it to get plain black coffee over a few different days over time. Yesterday I stepped foot into a McDonald's for the first time in probably 10 years, when I last went because someone I was with wanted to go. I wanted to actually physically walk inside in order to take in the atmosphere yesterday. Well, I almost lost my balance from the collective gravitational pulls of the planets waddling/sitting inside. Being a PT, I sometimes have a hard time turning off how I analyze the way in which people move. The gait mechanics of the customers were horrendous, and half of the customers in front of me were bent over, using the front counter to help support their body weight. I also witnessed a gigantic ham take three attempts, rocking back and forth, in order to successful do a sit-to-stand transfer from her booth seating despite using both upper extremities to assist. It was hard to tell how old she was, but it was probably between 25-55 (I honestly never know with obesity, but they often either don't live much longer than that age range or otherwise cannot successfully move their bodies well enough to navigate in the community after awhile).
There were other disturbing sights in my short trip. Two employees were screaming at each other, and another customer banged its pudgy fingers on a counter saying it "needed" more ketchup. I witnessed another ham screaming at its kids that it was time to go...it looked miserable having to stand for longer than it probably wanted. There was just this instantaneously uncomfortable culture shock to suddenly enter this nightmarish building. I definitely felt like an outsider, lol!
I have a hypothesis that angry, sedentary/fat people would be much more level-headed and rational if they were regularly exercised, much like you might see from misbehaving dogs that don't have an outlet for their energy. If I could wave a wand and be a dictator with unlimited power, I think the first thing I would do is enact forced exercise on these people. Perhaps they could be collected right as they are leaving the various drive-thrus littered throughout almost every square mile of the earth. If they can't even be bothered to get out of their cars to get their shitty food, that seems like a good place to start.