A little old couple walked slowly into a McDonalds one cold evening. The old man placed an order for one hamburger, french fries, and a drink. After they sat down, he unwrapped the hamburger and carefully cut it in two, placing one half in front of his wife. Then, he carefully counted the fries, divided them in two piles, before placing one pile in front of his wife. He took a sip from the drink, and then his wife took a sip. Then, he set the cup down in between them, and finally started to take little bites out of his burger. All the while, the other customers around them started staring and whispering. It was clear what they thought, “That poor old couple – all they can afford is one meal for the two of them.” As the man began to eat his fries, a young man came over to the table, and politely offered to buy them an additional meal. But the old man grunted, and said that they were fine. “We’re used to sharing everything,” he said. The surrounding people noticed the little old lady still hadn’t eaten a bite. She sits there watching her husband eat and occasionally they taking turns sipping the drink. Again the young man comes over and begs them to let him buy another meal for them. This time the old woman says “No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything.” As the old man finishes and wipes his face neatly with the napkin, the young man again comes over to the little old lady who still had yet to eat a single bite of food and asks, “May I ask what is it you are waiting for?” And the old woman answers, “the teeth”.
Now I told you all of that to tell you this. Ever since Don Gorske started eating only Big Macs and drinking only Coca Cola – he has never been sick, has never missed a day of work and has never been to a doctor. (This in spite of the fact that one Big Mac contains 52% of one’s total daily fat allowance, 45% of one’s total daily sodium allowance and 28% of one’s total daily cholesterol allowance). The 6′ 2″, 185 lb. man has not put on any weight and his levels (cholesterol, sugar, blood, etc.) – checked yearly by his registered-nurse wife, are what everyone’s should be (Don puts it down to coming from good German stock). It’s also no wonder as to why when McDonalds is sued by someone for making themselves or other people unhealthy, re the restaurant’s salt/fat laden menu, Don is called in as a witness by the restaurant chain in its defense.
The bottom line? Any honest person, medically trained or otherwise, will tell you that a steady diet of fast food cannot be good for you. And so just remember – we should never make the exception to the rule, the rule.