Saturday 24 March 2018

Man gobbles down 25,000th Big Mac

Don Gorske enjoys the 25,000th Big Mac of his life (AP)
Don Gorske enjoys the 25,000th Big Mac of his life (AP)

A man in the US has eaten his 25,000th Big Mac - 39 years to the day after eating his first.

Don Gorske was honoured after reaching the meaty milestone during a ceremony at a McDonald's outlet in his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Guinness World Records recognised Mr Gorske's feat three years and 2,000 Big Macs ago, but the 59-year-old says he has no desire to stop.

"I plan on eating Big Macs until I die," he said. "I have no intentions of changing. It's still my favourite food. Nothing has changed in 39 years. I look forward to it every day."

Mr Gorske, who appeared in the 2004 documentary Super Size Me which examined the fast food industry, looks nothing like one might expect of a fast food junkie. He is trim and walks regularly for exercise, and says he was recently given a clean bill of health.

His obsession with the 540-calorie burger - which consists of two beef patties, sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun - started on May 17, 1972, when he bought three Big Macs to celebrate the purchase of a new car. He was hooked, and went back to McDonald's twice more that day, eating nine before they closed.

He has only gone eight days since without a Big Mac, and on most days he eats two. Among the reasons he skipped a day was to grant his mother a dying wish. His last Big Mac-less day was Thanksgiving 2000, when he forgot to stock up and the restaurant was closed for the holiday.

Mr Gorske said he has kept many of the Big Mac boxes and receipts over the years, and has noted his purchases in calendars.

Dietitian Tara Gidus said she would not recommend Mr Gorske's Big Mac diet, and said he is likely to have stayed relatively healthy because of good genetics and because he does not order a lot of extras, such as fries and soft drinks.

Mr Gorske said he does like other foods, but he insisted: "I really do enjoy every Big Mac."

Press Association

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