This Is Why America Is The Fattest Nation On Earth…

According to BMC Public Health data, an average adult in the USA weighs over 80 kilograms. We think this “small” McDonald’s cheeseburger meal might have something to do with it…

Last week, the Lifehacker team attended Microsoft’s TechEd 2013 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the event, we got to sample several uniquely American takeaway meals, including the McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder (check out the resultant takeaway truth post here).

However, no other menu item typified the excesses of America quite like the McDonald’s 2 Cheeseburger Meal.

While waiting for my connecting plane at LAX International Airport, I decided to grab a quick snack, mainly to kill some time. The monstrosity you see above is the smallest meal option that McDonald’s offers in the US. It comprises two cheeseburgers, a medium fries and a large soft drink. I repeat — this is the smallest McDonald’s meal you can buy in the US without purchasing items separately.

The combined calorie intake of this “snack” is 1090 — which translates to around 4500 kilojoules. While Australia isn’t exactly a svelte nation, at least it’s possible to get a small McDonald’s meal here that has a passing resemblance to the word. (I still scarfed the lot, mind. When in Rome…)

Do you find takeaway restaurants typically serve too much? Or do you find their individual meal sizes to be too meager? Let us know in the comments section below…

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