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Old 08-11-2008, 06:34 PM   #1  
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Default Wanna be an Olympian? Eat McDonald's!

I laughed out loud when McDonald's ran an ad for a biscuit breakfast sandwich, like it was serious health food - lots of Olympians holding the thing and smiling like they were on the medal podium. It was surreal.

Not sure which is worse - the implication that this is the kind of food to get you healthy and into shape - or that people *not* training away 5000 calories a day can eat like that.
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:41 PM   #2  
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I saw that and all I could do is sigh in disgust. I can't believe they're still trying to sell themselves as healthy.
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Old 08-11-2008, 06:48 PM   #3  
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They aren't necessarily saying that they are healthy. They're saying that 1) athletes eat them, and 2) they are worth the same sort of effort and dedication to acheive that a gold medal is.

Neither of which are true either.
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I find it funny that McDonalds is a top sponsor of the olympics. I laughed when I saw that commericial because I thought it was a joke. But, I think if there is anyone who can eat that sandwich, it is an olympic athelete who probably have the most outrageous metabolisms and workouts to burn it off.
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I always thought it was ironic because of all the people in the world I don't think an Olympic Athlete would eat a biscuit breakfast sandwich from McD's. I remember hearing somewhere who was an Olympic Athlete who had never consumed fast food.
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I saw that too and I couldn't believe it either -- I understand that these atheletes make their money from endorsements, but I can't believe for a second that anyone at the Olympics eats McDonald's chicken biscuit sandwiches... you know... ever.
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Don't forget the Budweiser!!
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Yeah, but I look at it from the perspective of the athletes: it's just plain not cheap to train and get to the Olympics, and if a huge corporation is going to give you money to hold a burger or a sandwich, I'd probably do it, too.

Obviously it would be great if they promoted a healthy image 24/7, but some of the machines they talk about these people using -- like 75,000-dollar anti-gravity treadmills -- have to come from somewhere.

The real owness should be on McDonalds to, y'know, actually offer something healthy.

"Hey, kids! Who likes apples? Well, here you go -- with a huge glob of caramel!"
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I saw that too and I couldn't believe it either -- I understand that these atheletes make their money from endorsements, but I can't believe for a second that anyone at the Olympics eats McDonald's chicken biscuit sandwiches... you know... ever.
You'd think. But they did a segment last night on what Michael Phelps eats. 8000-10000 calories. All I'll say is he's not getting there with veggies . Although I do think you can increase calories in healthier ways.
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Old 08-12-2008, 10:07 AM   #10  
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Don't forget the Budweiser!!
Those are annoying the heck out of me too! Yup, USA and patriotism = Budweiser. Classy.
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