Where heart attacks are born


It’s a well-known fact that half of our country is overweight and more than a quarter are considered obese.  Or to be a little more blunt, most Americans are a tad hefty.  With McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Cookout never more than ten minutes away, fast food is a way of life.

Doctors may blame the Double-Quarter-Pounders-with-Cheese for the extra junk in Americans’ trunks, but thisiswhyyourefat.com, “where dreams become heart attacks,” has the real answer:

“A layer of seasoned curly fries topped with chicken nuggets, chicken fried steak, fish sticks, pizza rolls, and a slice of corndog  then smothered in melted mozzarella cheese topped with a mixture of chili, bacon, and sliced hot dogs topped with a sprinkling of cheddar.”

It’s called “Grease Lightening,” and is the first of hundreds of reasons why Americans are fat.

This Is Why You’re Fat is a website that started in 2009 which allows submissions of particularly calorie-laden, fattening, yet mind-blowingly delectable treats.  All the users have to do is submit their creation along with a picture via email at submit@thisiswhyyourefat.com.

The website updates every few days, and the new creations range from the delicious to the disgusting.

My favorite, the Downside Watson consists of seven scoops of ice cream (vanilla, coffee Oreo, PB Reese’s, white Russian, mint Oreo, cherry vanilla and reverse chocolate chip) and nine toppings (Oreos, Heath bar, hot fudge, whipped cream, Reese’s Pieces, mixed nuts, waffle pieces, rainbow sprinkles, and almonds), all served on a Frisbee.

The Atlanta Exit Wound, comprised of four packages of regular cream cheese, one bottle of blue cheese dressing, a bottle of hot sauce, and six chopped chicken breasts, looks just like what the title describes – gruesome.

In a country that SHOULD be worried about improving its health, websites like “This Is Why You’re Fat” still thrive and even get published into a book.

Not that seven scoops of ice cream and nine toppings are ALWAYS bad, but moderation is something that Americans are obviously bad at.  Web sites like this are fun to laugh at, and definitely make you think “How did they do that!?” but most of this food shouldn’t actually be consumed.


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