Why One Woman Has Kept The Same McDonald’s Food In Her Pantry For Years

Will Kreznick

While many people showed support for elifgkandemir’s video, with some even suggesting the experiment be transformed into a museum, others took issues with the video’s overall messaging. Based on the comments, it seems some people viewed the implicit suggestion that processed food is one of the main reasons for widespread […]

While many people showed support for elifgkandemir’s video, with some even suggesting the experiment be transformed into a museum, others took issues with the video’s overall messaging. Based on the comments, it seems some people viewed the implicit suggestion that processed food is one of the main reasons for widespread obesity to be a dubious claim. One commenter wrote, “… The food ain’t the problem it’s [sic] people over eating.”

Others pointed out the need for people (and experts) to consider the greater socioeconomic factors which cause people to eat so much of the processed food featured in the video in the first place. In the comments section, user koezi noted, “Healthier food should be more accessible. This food isn’t the desired diet for many but the most accessible sadly.” This makes sense. As reported by the BBC News in 2018, the U.K. saw a near 34% rise in the number of fast-food restaurants throughout the 2010s. Cost is another important factor. As user pierreferaon pointed out, “I try to eat fresh but it’s so expensive.”

User @elifgkandemir has since acknowledged the criticism with a follow-up video that explained her mother’s purpose for the experiment. “Most of the food she’s been collecting is over two years old. 80% of people in the UK are eating this diet without even much knowledge of what they’re eating.” She then continued by pointing to a documentary involving a U.K.-based Dr. Tulleken (via YouTube) who ate predominantly fast food for a month and saw negative effects on the body ” … You can have everything and anything in moderation, [but] 80% of a person’s diet should not be made of these foods,” the user says in the video. “My mum is simply trying to encourage people to make better food decisions and live a happier, healthier lifestyle.”

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