• September 17, 2019
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Justin Schmidt, junior, eats several fattening sandwiches during a lunchtime journey to McDonalds. Many Leesville students travel to McDonalds during lunch for the cheap and convenient food they offer.

Leesville High School students flock to McDonald’s around lunch time. No matter which lunch it is, you can be sure to find at least one Leesville student indulging in the poison known as McDonald’s.

Many McDonald lovers do not realize the poison that they are ingesting into their body. A 2004 film called Super Size Me featured Morgan Spurlock who took on the challenge of eating at only McDonald’s for a whole Month. Spurlock saw a serious drop in his health, so why do students not learn from the mistakes of others?

There is quite a bit of irony present when McDonald’s and nutrition are in the same sentence considering that the Double Quarter Pounder with cheese contains 730 calories. This is more than a third of the average persons 2,000 calorie diet.

Ben Tyner, junior, ignores common sense by eating at McDonalds many times a week. “I’m not scared of the propaganda produced by those who hate McDonalds,” said Tyner. Unfortunately he is not aware of the damage that his unhealthy habit is doing to his body. Tyner, a track athlete, is holding himself back somewhat on the track by eating less healthy foods.

Many individuals hold the misconception that all calories effect the consumer in the same way. This is incorrect according to a study done by The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The study states that LDL-cholesterol, commonly referred to as bad cholesterol, is much different than eating a low cholesterol, high carbohydrate meal. Doctors label heart disease and obesity as the biggest health concerns that are involved in a high cholesterol diet.

Justin Schmidt has a different take on fast food: “McDonalds tastes great; everyone can agree on that, but the key is to find moderation. Too much of anything is a bad thing. Moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle.” Schmidt warns against “the dangers of a high caloric diet,” and explains that eating at McDonald’s frequently can lead to obesity.

Chad Ochocinco, premier receiver in the NFL, has a special place in his heart for McDonalds. According to huffingtonpost.com Ochocinco states, “I survive on McDonalds.” Considered by many to be the picture of fitness, Ochocinco also says, “Eat what you want to eat and work out the way you’re supposed to, and it’s not going to bother you. “

All of this considered, why is McDonald’s so popular? First of all, it’s very accessible and cheap. Also, name recognition is a big reason McDonald’s is so popular. There seem to be golden arches on practically every corner; but remember, moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle.

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