18 May 2011

Wisconsin man ingests 25,000th Big Mac, becomes media sensation

The Royal Honeymoon, Endeavour’s final mission to space and the Arnold Schwarzenegger saga all obviously qualify as big news items but all three may pale in comparison to the milestone reached by Fond du Lac, Wisconsin’s favorite son Don Gorske on Tuesday.

The retired prison guard woofed down his 25,000th Big Mac since 1972—the year he ended his Big Mac virginity.

Media swarmed (yes actually swarmed) the 57-year-old man as he ate his way into history at a Mickey D’s in his hometown.

Not really surprising when you consider our culture of excess and our Jekyll and Hyde relationship with fast food and weight loss in which we celebrate events like the aforementioned and then make shows like the Biggest Loser a hit. Head scratching isn’t it?

Nonetheless, not only does 25,000 Big Macs sound numerous, to say the least, when one delves a bit deeper the numbers become even more shocking.

Mr. Gorske has eaten 13,500,000 calories, 1,875,000 mg of cholesterol, 725,000 grams of fat and most disturbingly 11.4 cows just from his Big Mac obsession alone.

And the already gaudy numbers will continue to climb.

"I plan on eating Big Macs until I die," Gorske who appeared in the 2004 documentary Super Size Me told the AP. "I have no intentions of changing. It's still my favorite food. Nothing has changed in 39 years. I look forward to it every day."

Gorske, who eats at least two Big Macs a day, claims he regularly receives a clean bill of health from his doctor including a healthy cholesterol count.

Oh by the way, his wife is a nurse.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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