Embracing obesity quickly and cheaply right at your doorstep


Ever since Morgan Spurlock’s film “Supersize Me” was released in 2004, knowledge of the  low quality food and poor nutrition on McDonald’s menu has been hammered into the brains of the U.S. population.

Films such as “Fast Food Nation”, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and “Food Inc.” have all introduced Americans to the notion that as a nation, we are fat.

Newsflash everybody: It’s true. And McDonald’s isn’t helping one bit, especially since they’ve discussed mobilizing their fast food menu in the U. S.

Mickey D’s has already begun to test fast food delivery overseas and in some U.S. cities, and Burger King delivers to customers in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City and San Francisco.

McDonald’s president and CEO Don Thompson said in a CNBC interview that he sees a lot of potential for delivering the fast food, especially in cities that don’t have drive-thru options.

This fast food chain has already received heat in the past about their unhealthy menu, with its high cholesterol and greasy options. If they think that delivering food to people is a good idea, they’re wrong.

Yes, there are some people who have children to feed and simply can’t take them to McD’s whenever they feel like it. It might be a convenience for some parents.

But who would want to make a greasy, unhealthy excuse for a meal more convenient?

Along with mobilizing, Thompson has also mentioned that a rewards system might be established for frequent eaters, possibly similar to Starbucks “My Starbucks Rewards” system, where they earn points for free drinks, refills and drinks on their birthdays.

I imagine a McDonald’s rewards system going something like this: “Congratulations on your successful triple bypass surgery! As soon as you’ve fully recovered and are ready to clog up those arteries again, we have a free Angus Bacon & Cheese Burger waiting for you at your favorite store!”

Quite frankly, it’s an awful idea. Rewarding people for constantly making poor meal decisions is not the way to help America slim down and shape up.

In the last decade, McDonald’s has claimed that they are shifting towards healthier food choices for those who dine at their restaurant.

But I fail to see how they’re making options healthier, with most breakfast meals reaching or passing 1000 calories in a 13-15 ounce serving.

I don’t count calories, and it’s not the only nutritional component in their meals. But it is a good indicator of nutritional value.

One Big Breakfast with Hotcakes, egg whites and a large biscuit has 2290 milligrams of sodium, 55 milligrams of cholesterol, 50 grams of fat, 115 grams of carbohydrates and only 7 grams of protein.

Some people say that McDonald’s breakfast is healthier than their other menu items. After looking at their nutrition facts though, it appears their breakfasts are the unhealthiest options on the menu.

In his documentary, Spurlock took on the challenge of eating McDonald’s every meal of every day, including snacks, for 30 days.

His results were shocking. Spurlock gained 25 pounds, suffered liver dysfunction and had depression after the 30 days had ended. All based on the nutrition he was taking in.

It took his body 14 months to recover from this attempt to reveal how awful McDonald’s really is for your health.

We can’t blame McDonald’s for obesity here in the states, but we can blame them for encouraging unhealthy eating habits, which is one of the biggest problems we face.

Rewarding unhealthy eating, creating a more convenient, lazier way of getting  food and simply providing food with low quality nutrition isn’t going to help us get healthy anytime soon.