Inflammatory Barbecue Disease

I’m no doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I was still concerned by this headline: “Barbecue raises money for inflammatory bowel disease [IBD] research.”

According to an article on the Inside Toronto website, “The MandM [Meat Shops] Charity BBQ Day began in 1989 when store founder Mac Voisin learned Canadians suffer from IBD at an unusually high rate.”  It turns out that “BBQ” in this case means simply to food cooked on a grill: “People can receive a hamburger or hot dog,a drink and a bag of chips for a minimum donation of $2.50,” explains the article.  Perhaps Canadians suffer from IBD at an usually high rate due to all the burgers, hot dogs and chips? Just a theory.

There is no doubt that this event is for a good cause and I applaud MandM Meat Shops for their involvement.  Still, isn’t a junk food cookout to benefit folks with inflammatory bowel disease akin to holding an omelette breakfast to raise money for people allergic to eggs?