Sunday, February 12, 2012

McNugget Meltdown

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As a future physical educator it was disheartening to be informed of the story of Stacey Irvine, a 17 year old girl, who collapsed recently after her harmful diet finally caught up to her. Since she was a toddler, Stacy has eaten virtually nothing but McDonald's chicken nuggets. She had to be taken to the hospital earlier this week when she collapsed after struggling to breathe. She claims that she has never tasted fresh fruit or vegetables and that she has been hooked on chicken nuggets since her mother let her try them in a McDonald’s restaurant at the age of two. It is absolutely insane that her parents and peers let her live such a harmful life for so long. Had she been more educated and informed of the various chronic diseases and negative health affects that are tied with such a dangerous amount of fat and salt, measures could have been made to prevent her from going to the hospital. Based on her daily intake it can be estimated that her daily 20-piece McNuggets contain 58g of fat and 926 calories, which exceeds the recommended 56g daily fat allowance and almost half of the recommended 2,000 calories a day. Thankfully, Stacy did survive her collapse, which will hopefully open her eyes to the terrible life choices she is making. Her story can be used as a tool for future students of the devastating effects of fast food and the effect this kind of food has on your body. It is mind-blowing that somebody so young can experience such drastic effects from their food intake and she is lucky that she got a so-called warning because next time she might not be so lucky.
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