Today was an interesting day. During my daily routine of reading up on what’s going on in the world, I stumbled across an article that stated that Don Gorske ate his 25,000th Big Mac. Considering that Don has been eating Big Mac’s for 39 years, this means that he eats roughly two Big Mac’s per day. McDonald’s and nutrition. Facepalm.
If I break Don’s calorie intake down: 25,000 * 590 cal, we see that Don has consumed a total of 14,750,000 calories just from Big Mac’s. What worries me more is that McDonald’s and nutritional content is an oxymoron just like “jumbo shrimp” or “vegetarian meatballs”. Don’s calorie intake should be around 2669 per day. 2 * 590 makes 1,180. Watching the video and considering his obsession with the heart-attack-on-a-plate, I tend to believe that he’s not dishing out the salad at night either. Considering the fact that half of the Big Mac’s calories come from fat (52%), it is almost safe to assume that his body is lacking the most essential vitamins and nutrients.
McDonald’s is the largest hamburger food chain in the world, and they are here to stay. They serve 58 million customers daily. Health care reform needs to address prevention more specifically. We can’t have the McDonald’s and KFC’s of the world next to schools. There is a strong correlation between the amount of fast food chains in a community and that respective community’s obesity rates (sorry for no source). What bothers me is that even though this is old information, people still systematically neglect wellness and the prevention of disease.
Change happens from the inside. While we must eat as organic and local as we can, we must also look out for others. If your local high school is terminating their gym class you simply have to stand up and say “no!” What else can be done? I’d be really interested in hearing your comments!