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August 6, 2012


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It's almost too easy of a rant going by the title, isn't it? Well, I'll go ahead and do it anyway. I think most people reading this would be surprised at the extent of the idiocy.

We are going to completely ignore the horrendous nutritional content of the "Olympic" food, and focus on the calories instead. Let's have a look at the McD menu -… How about a Big Mac, large fries and coke, and a strawberry banana smoothie for dessert?

550 + 500 + 310 + 260 = 1620 Calories in one meal. This is already 80% of the daily norm for an average person. If this is one of your meals, you will be well over the limit after two more meals - whatever they are.

How many of the athletes would still be able to qualify for the Olympics if they ate exclusively the above mentioned crap consistently? Let's think about it. My guess would be somewhere between zero and a quarter. How many would win Olympic medals? I think none of them. They would be carrying extra fat, and would likely be in poor health.

Here is why. Hardcore exercise makes you tired and hungry. Let's give them three of the above meals per day without any snacks whatsoever (unreal assumption, by the way). That works out to 4860 Calories. These are professional athletes we are talking about, so they train very hard. Their muscles are larger than average, so let's suppose that their bodies use 2200 Calories per day at rest, leaving us with 2660 Calories to burn off.

Morning - 2 hr insane, non-stop, highest intensity weightlifting = 1000 calories
Evening - 10 mile run or equivalent cardio = 1200 calories

Most professional athletes will not be able to complete the above routine every day without either getting injured or overtraining, unless they are endurance athletes. Most people who eat at McDonald's don't complete this amount of exercise in a week. After all, it's the equivalent of running ~3 miles PER DAY for a week.

So where is our athlete left after this insane workout and a mere three McDonald's meals per day? That's right, he's getting fat very quickly! One pound of fat contains 3500 calories. It turns out that he ate roughly 500 more calories than he used, translating into a gain of 1 lb of fat per week, every week. After a year of this insane exercise routine, our athlete will have gained 50 lb of fat and his career would be over until weight loss can occur.

In fact, quite a number of professional athletes could benefit from a lower body fat percentage. Here is just one example -… - of a tennis player dropping 30 lb of fat and storming into the Top 10 in the world late in his career.

I can tell you from personal experience what it takes to burn off 1000 calories. I can do it in exactly 1 hour on a bike at the gym. Put on your shorts, t-shirt, and shoes and dive into a pool. When you get out, without shaking off or squeezing out the water, take a look at yourself in the mirror. You are dripping all over the place, leaving a trail of water behind you. If you shake your hand, you create a localized rainstorm. Now you have a good idea of what I look like when I finish. In this hour, I drop more than 5 lb of sweat, and there is a huge puddle which requires a mop to clean up. That's in addition to a fully saturated towel of decent size which is wet enough to drip if held up. I feel rather sick, my whole body is burning. Walking is a bit of a challenge.

The Olympic motto is "Faster, Higher, Stronger" which is somewhat ambiguous. However, I am fairly sure didn't mean faster death, higher blood pressure, and stronger constipation. The sad part of this whole debacle is that their pathetic ad campaign will probably be effective and kill tens of thousands more through diabetes, heart disease, and all the other awesome things obesity brings.

Fuck you McDonalds, fuck you Coca-Cola. Oh, and fuck you US government, for having corn subsidies which make this disgusting food much cheaper than it should be. Coke is 100% corn (high fructose corn syrup). McDonald's meal is probably >50%.

Edit: On further reflection, I missed the bigger picture. It's not the companies which are the culprit, it's the people. The clueless, and often fat as a result of their ignorance, person who is the average consumer. So fuck you, the average consumer who falls for this shit. I hope I won't be insulting anyone who has read it this far, because you aren't falling for it any more, right?

P.S. No, Michael Phelps never ate 12000 Calories per day. It's bullshit according to the man himself. He probably ate half that much.
  • Listening to: the fridge
  • Reading: finishing up Omnivore's Dilemma
  • Playing: mostly bike and weight lifting
  • Eating: awesome strawberries
  • Drinking: tea
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Zandabear15 May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it :)
brain-tree Feb 22, 2013   General Artist
I think you'll find that while there are plenty of people and programs out their who aim to fix the health problem "epidemic", or whatever the hell it is, honestly just a SHITLOAD of people who are sick and need doctors and are freaking out because they have no idea what's going on their bodies.

I think more anatomy/physiology courses should be given in high school. Biology is great, ya, but often those classes are so big and bulky that you don't even cover any of the more essential later material. They need to be separated, and basically what I'm getting at is that kids these days needs to be taught in depth and at younger ages how their bodies can work effectively, how they work when they're fucked up, and what kinds of things fuck them up.

And not government controlled classes, either. Teach your kids at home, goddammit.
Please-Help-Im-Alive Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree completely with everything. However, I will admit my favourite soda/pop/soft-drink/carbonated beverage/wtfever is Coca-Cola. But that shit they pump out of bags at McPukes is gross. Also, where I worked, the area which they switch up the bags and such for the syrup is very... unkempt. Then again, after seeing restaurants in my town - mostly fast-food joints, I quickly realized that health/safety and sanitation - not priorities at all.
ashleigh38 Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Would you like fries with that?
COZindustries Sep 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, I never even needed to check the link to know you were talking about Mardy Fish! :) I saw him play last year!

I agree entirely, it's ridiculous that these kind of fast food places can sponsor not just the Olympics, but almost all major sporting events.
xLuluChanx Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You opened my eyes, thank you (:
I've never thought that McDonal's food would have THAT much calories ! O:
funkypurple Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! It's so stupid! haha! McDonalds and Coca-Cola always sponsor sportevents. Or in Belgium the pro League of Foodball is sponsord by Jupiler (belgian beer) (but I like beer too much to not drink it) Or the same with the cigarettes industry.

But yeah these companies are dominating the the world! And than the governement say they are to's the same with sigarettes...I'm totaly agrea with you

Btw when I eat McDonalds I don't feel very happy! It makes you feel sad I think! Unfortunately worked in McDonalds but I learnt a lot: I don't ever go to a fastfood restaurand again! Bah!
merelei Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't eaten at McDonalds in at LEAST 10 years. I'm not even sure they serve food anymore... ><
doraleepee Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great points taken, and totally agreed with!
Syzygi Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you. Especially on the further reflection-part! Without consumer choosing this kind of bad food, it would not be able to even exist. It is on the same scale for me as war, without military and support from the average person, it would not exist. And no government in the world could put everyone in jail who does not want to fight!

But, about this journal article. It is nice to see that there are tons of others sharing my opinion, so thanks firstly for writing this!
And secondly, I find it a good laugh that McDonalds tries to influence exctly EVERYTHING from school food to the olympics. I mean, do they not feel shame?? The people running it know exactly how bad it is, and yet they keep it up.
And all the people who eat there everyday, as where it normal food, I have hard time believing them when they tell me they dont think it is "that bad". They know it is, I believe it is merely a TON of laziness and convience on their part - cheap, fast, easy!

Seriously though, someone should put a limit in how much you can eat there, at the very least. Or just take away the whole damn thing! It tastes like shit anyways.
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