Time Magazine “Numbers” and McDonald’s

I love this.  On page 16 of the May 5th issue of Time magazine—The number of calories in a McDonald’s Big Mac meal which includes a burger, fries and soda—1,435 calories. This is followed by the number 130,000–The number of New Yorkers (according to the state health department) who would “avoid obesity if chains like McDonald’s published calorie counts on their menus…”  OK.  Who doesn’t know that this Big Mac Meal is not a good use of calories?  Women, who are of normal weight, probably need 1800-2400 calories a day, depending on their activity level to maintain their weight.  Men, let’s say, 2200-3000 calories.  That meal is about a half to three quarters of the calories for the day, and we aren’t even figuring out the fat yet!!!  But, this is the part that kills me.  Who wouldn’t know that this is not healthy?  Who doesn’t know by now, that soda is one of the worst things to eat and that this meal is NOT GOOD FOR YOU?  So, if McDonald’s would only post the calories, it would stop obesity in 130,000 people?  Please, people, let’s take some responsibility for our choices!

5 Responses to “Time Magazine “Numbers” and McDonald’s”


  1. 1 DR April 29, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Who doesn’t know that this Big Mac Meal is not a good use of calories?

    Amen

    A dose of common sense for those that need to blame others (see McDonalds) for their problems.

    Ooops, that’s not very P.C. of me

  2. 2 wellsphere May 7, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing this news. It’s amazing how hard restaurant chains are fighting to hide their nutrition information. I wanted to share a new service my company just launched called ‘Wellternatives’ that lets people find nutrition info for thousands of chain restaurants for free – right from their cell phone or on the web. It also makes recommendations for a healthier alternative, hence the name… Wellternatives. If restaurants aren’t going to post their nutrition info, we figured we’d do what we could to give people instant access to the info from anywhere. Would love to hear what you think of it! Maija

  3. 3 wellsphere May 7, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing. It’s amazing how hard restaurant chains are fighting to hide their nutrition information. I wanted to share a new service my company just launched called ‘Wellternatives’ that lets people find nutrition info for thousands of chain restaurants for free – right from their cell phone or on the web. It also makes recommendations for a healthier alternative, hence the name… Wellternatives. If restaurants aren’t going to post their nutrition info, we figured we’d do what we could to give people instant access to the info from anywhere. Would love to hear what you think of it! Maija

  4. 4 James Fryer May 12, 2008 at 9:48 am

    How many children has New York failed to teach how to read?

    If a child can not even learn how to read, what chance is there that he has learned anything about nutrition?

    A friend of mine used to work for a non-profit group that is engaged in job training for ‘disadvantaged’ individuals in NYC. Her estimate was that 30% to 40% of her adult clients were illiterate. But then these people don’t fit into the number above because they would not be able to read the information even if it were printed on the burger.

    “Who doesn’t know by now, that soda is one of the worst things to eat and that this meal is NOT GOOD FOR YOU?” I don’t know precisely, but I would bet, a whole lot. At least in some communities.

    Is there any value in adding nutritional information to a Big Mac? I doubt it, people either know and don’t care, or can not read and don’t know anything about nutrition.

  5. 5 pliably June 3, 2008 at 5:06 am

    Pliably says : I absolutely agree with this !


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