Junk food nation and the super size of Mickey D’s

February 23, 2008

McDonald’s restaurants are in 120 countries and territories around the world and serve nearly 54 million customers each day. They seem to be just about everywhere.

To see just how many McDonald’s are in your town or zip code go to Foodio54 and enter your location, city, state or zip code. They’ll show you how many golden arches are close by and how your location ranks nationally and for your state.

In my area (a suburb of Atlanta) there is one McDonald’s every 7.15 square miles and for every 15,939 people. In Astoria, NY there is a McDonald’s every 0.88 square miles and for every 8,532 people.

*Following are some sad facts about the fast food industry and McDonald’s in particular:

  • Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant
  • In 1972, we spent 3 billion a year on fast food – today we spend more than 110 billion
  • McDonald’s feeds more than 54 million people a day – more than the entire population of Spain
  • French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America
  • You would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fry and Big Mac
  • In the U.S., we eat more than 1,000,000 animals an hour
  • 60 % of all Americans are either overweight or obese
  • One in every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime
  • Left unabated, obesity will surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in America
  • Obesity has been linked to: Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes, Stroke, Gall Bladder Disease, Osteoarthritis, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Problems, Endometrial, Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancers, Dyslipidemia, steatohepatitis, insulin resistance, breathlessness, Asthma, Hyperuricaemia, reproductive hormone abnormalities, polycystic ovarian syndrome, impaired fertility and lower back pain
  • The average child sees 10,000 TV advertisements per year
  • Only seven items on McDonald’s entire menu contain no sugar
  • Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald – he was fired for being too fat
  • McDonald’s distributes more toys per year than Toys-R-Us
  • Diabetes will cut 17-27 years off your life
  • The World Health Organization has declared obesity a global epidemic
  • McDonald’s calls people who eat a lot of their food “Heavy Users”
  • Before most children can speak they can recognize McDonald’s
  • Most nutritionists recommend not eating fast food more than once a month
  • 40% of American meals are eaten outside the home
  • McDonald’s represents 43% of total U.S. fast food market

*Taken from the movie Super Size Me.  See it free on-line at http://freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=98

Additional source: http://www.mcdonalds.com/corp/news/fnpr/2008/fpr_012808.html

One Response to “Junk food nation and the super size of Mickey D’s”

  1. patrick Says:

    just watched Fast Food Nation, it’s impactful to say the least… earlier today i passed up a sausage mcmuffin because of it. Evidently it is worth passing up fast food for more than health reasons.


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