Sunday, September 14, 2008

You Deserve a Break Today

I am writing this Blog at the risk of offending/alienating several (4 to 6) friends and semi-regular readers (of this Blog) who live in Wisconsin.

Last week I read a news item about a man from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. The 54-year-old man, Don Gorske, says his obsessive-compulsive disorder drove him to eat 23,000 Big Macs in 36 years. That averages out to be about 1.75 Big Macs per day; he has eaten as many as 5 per day.

MacDonald’s Headquarters should be sending him a gift certificate to the local Hospital’s Cardiac Ward or at least a lifetime supply of Lipitor. Of the 540 calories in a Big Mac, 270 are from fat. Add to this an order of French Fries (who can eat a MacDonald’s burger without fries?) and you are looking at some serious cholesterol problems.

Not to mention, that being from Wisconsin, Don probably eats a lot of cheese. The only thing that is saving him from a multi-bypass surgery is probably the fact that he, more than likely, also drinks a lot of beer. I have great cholesterol numbers and I attribute this to my consumption of alcoholic beverages.

I don’t believe that Mr. Gorske suffers from an OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) as he has stated. Any food that has that much fat in it must taste good. And, as the sign on my cousin’s (The Admiral) refrigerator sez “If it tastes good, don’t eat it”.

I have been to Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin and unless it has drastically changed in the past 45 years, which I doubt, there is virtually nothing to do in this town except to go fishing on Lake Winnebago, eat cheese, drink beer, dine at the local MacDonalds or hang out at the A&W Root Beer stand.

I rarely eat MacDonald’s food. Not that I don't like the taste; my digestive system just can't handle it. During the past 5 years I have probably eaten 4 Double Cheeseburgers (a real tasty bargain at 99 cents), a Filet of Fish Sandwich and a few orders of French Fries (the greatest fast food fries available). I never liked Big Macs because they were just a shadow image of the Big Boy burger. Our local Big Boy (Tops) just outside of Chicago, in Berwyn, had Car Hops, MacDonalds didn’t.

The Beach Bum

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Blogger Rob said...

I believe that Mr. Gorske you mentioned is the same fellow that was interviewed in the Special Features portion of the "Super Size Me" DVD - which is well worth watching if you haven't already done so.

I don't villainize fast food altogether - it is what it is, and consumed in moderation it's not going to kill you. However, I do have a problem with the stuff that you typically get at fast food chain restaurants because it bears so little similarity to real food. Real food molds, rots, and/or breaks down within a short amount of time, even with refrigeration. The fries at McDonalds (used purely for example) do not break down. Ever.

So, as much as is possible, when I'm going to have a burger or other "fast food" -type chow, I opt for "Mom & Pop" restaurants where I know there's somebody back in the kitchen actually peeling potatoes and mashing hamburger meat into patties (instead of digging a meat-like product out of the freezer). I know it all stills gets slapped on a greasy grill or dunked into hot oil, but I still believe it's got to be a little better for me than the hyper-processed - although sometimes very tasty - stuff you get at most fast food joints.

Also, I highly recommend reading "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser. It's not just about food, but more about American culture, the roots of the fast food industry, and how it has shaped or at least touched nearly every facet of our lives today. Really, it's fascinating!

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