Is McDonald’s Slowly Killing Us ?


Nancy Nedyalkov

UNITED STATES, Sept. 16– Every year, a normal person spends around $1,200 a year on McDonald’s, which adds up to over $110 billion a year (enough to end world hunger for 3 years). McDonald’s had the reputation of luring children in with their playhouses and toys that come with their meals. Along with the children come their parents and they feed into giving money to this company.

Promotion of Unhealthy Foods
Throughout the McDonald’s websites we see them promoting their “100% pure beef” burgers alone with many other meals. In reality, those foods are full of processed, sodium filled, fatty meats. There are many side effects of incorparating McDonald’s melas in everyday life.

Weight gain: This side effect is not so surprising. The supersized portions and the easily accessible food will promote extreme weight gain in the human body. Let me build a combo meal for a comparison. Double Quater Pounder with Cheese (740), a Large Fries (480), Regular M&M McFlurry (640), and a Medium Coke (210). This adds up to 2,070 calories in one meal. The avergae calorie intake per day for an average man is 2,500 calores per day. Imagine that…

Constipation, Bloating, & Stomach Problems: With all the addee sugars your body is ingesting in one McDonald’s meal, those sugars contribute to bloating, constipation, and health being affected.

Too much Sodium: Your heart is very sensitive when it comes to sodium. Ingesting too much salt can put stress on your heart and put you at risk for heart disease. Let me build another combo meal to show the amount of sodium. Big Mac (1,010 mg), Large Fries (400 mg), and a Medium Chocolate Shake (310 mg). That’s 1720 mg of sodium once again in one sitting. The average male is supposed to ingest around 2,000 to 2,500 mg a day. From one meal you have almost all of the sodium intake per day.

Life Threatening Diseases: Eating foods that are not healthy can lead to forming diseases. Obesity, depression, digestive issues, heart disease and stroke, cancer, type-2 diabetes, and early death. Continuing to feed your body food that is not suitable for the human body, pushes it to the point of failing and developing health issues.

The health risks that come along with eating McDonalds are visible. Of course, the occasional cheesburger won’t cause any damage, but the buildup of junky and fatty foods begins to put stress on the body and more importantly the heart. Make smarter and heealthier choices when going out for lunch. Some alternatives would be Chipotle, Panera, or even lunch brought from home.