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Fast Food (Mcdonalds) Essay

  • Submitted by: beetwentythree
  • on November 25, 2012
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 1,178 words

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Fast food is a matter of choice...however, based on the different facts I have discovered recently, I would not recommend McDonald’s food. McDonald’s food is detrimental to the health of Australians –not only physically, but mentally and socially as well. Its aggravating physical, social, and mental effects make it an extremely poor choice for its consumers. Some of these aggravating effects on the consumers can be short-term, some can be long-term, some can last a lifetime, but more importantly, some can also cause death.
The effects of McDonalds food on our physical health should be taken into serious consideration when making a food choice.   This is because of the ridiculously high amounts of fat, salt and sugar in the food items in their menu. The amounts of these can be seen in the completed nutrition grid based solely on the foods served at McDonalds. A small meal consisting of a small cheeseburger, small fries, small coke and an apple pie is indeed ‘small’, but in fact is very deceiving because this meal alone already constitutes to approximately 73.5% fat, and 70% sodium of the Recommended Daily Intake (commonly known as RDI). McDonalds has . According to an article about Fast Food Profiles, even the smallest burger on the McDonalds menu (the Junior Burger) has over 1000 kilojoules. When meals with food items like this are consumed regularly, these meals can lead to life-threatening diseases such as; hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, arthritis, sleep apnoea, respiratory diseases, cancers (prostate, breast, uterus, colon, diabetes, asthma), and impaired fertility.
The Supersized Me documentary provides great evidence for the statements made above. After eating nothing but McDonalds for a month, Morgan Spurlock gained about 12 pounds of fat and ate at least 30 pounds of sugar. His cholesterol level also shot up by 65 points and his chances of having a coronary heart disease and liver failure doubled. He also suffered from...

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