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DailyMail: Fast Food Equals Fast Trip to the Hospital

February 17, 2012

In case you were wondering what the consequences of a diet consisting of nothing but fast food, please read the article below slowly, and multiple times. Remember that fast food is loading with excess dietary acids in the forms of fats, sugars and preservatives. Also, food additives and flavorings. The Western diet is literally killing people. And people don’t notice because it is happening slowly and gradually.

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Author: JULIAN GAVAGHAN
Hooked on chicken nuggets: Girl, 17, who has eaten nothing else since age TWO rushed to hospital after collapsing

– Stacey Irvine has breathing problems and anaemia
– Only other food she eats regularly are fries
– But despite warnings cannot resist McDonald’s treats

A teenage girl who has eaten almost nothing else apart from chicken nuggets for 15 years has been warned by doctors that the junk food is killing her.

Stacey Irvine, 17, has been hooked on the treats since her mother bought her some at a McDonald’s restaurant when she was two.
Shocked doctors learned of her habit when the factory worker, from Castle Vale, Birmingham, collapsed and was taken to hospital after struggling to breathe.

Miss Irvine, who has never eaten fruit or vegetables, had swollen veins in her tongue and was found to have anaemia.

Medics gave her a series of injections and started her on an urgent course of vitamins.
But, despite being warned that she could die if she sticks to her nugget addiction, she still can’t resist the fast food.

Miss Irvine, who prefers McDonald’s treats but also enjoys KFC’s, told The Sun: ‘I am starting to realise this is really bad for me.’

One of her favourite pastimes is sharing 20 nuggets and a portion of fries with her boyfriend.

Yet, despite a diet that regularly means she eats at least a third more than the 56g of fat recommended by experts, she manages to keep relatively trim.

This may be down to the amount of exercise she does or to her metabolism.

But the craving is taking a toll on her health. A lack of vital vitamins and other nutrients – combined with a dangerous amount of salt – can raise blood pressure and weaken the immune system.

It can also lead to an increased risk of heart attacks or strokes, particularly as Miss Irvine gets older.

A less serious consequence of her craving is that she is struggling to find places to store all the free toys and novelties that come with the meals. They currently fill four bin bags.

Her exasperated mother Evonne Irvine, 39, who is battling to get her daughter seen by a specialist, told the newspaper: ‘It breaks my heart to see her eating those damned nuggets.

‘She’s been told in no uncertain terms that she’ll die if she carries on like this. But she says she can’t eat anything else.’
She once tried starving her daughter in a bid to get her to eat more nutritious food – but did not have any success.
Miss Irvine, whose only other variation in her diet is the occasional slice of toast for breakfast and crisps, said that once she tried nuggets she ‘loved them so much they were all I would eat’.

Evonne Irvine’s other two children — Leo, five, and Ava, three – both eat healthily.

In one six-piece portion of McNuggets there are 280 calories, 17g of fat, 16g of carbohydrate, 14g protein, and 600mg sodium.

In a small portion of fries there are 230 calories, 11g of fat, 29g of carbohydrates, 3g protein and 160mg sodium.
If Miss Irvine were to eat three portions of each in a day she would eat a third more fat and almost double the amount of salt than is recommended.

Also each portion of chicken nuggets contains just two per cent of our daily vitamin C requirement, compared to 106 per cent in an orange.

Not much better are the fries, which contain eight per cent of our vitamin C needs.

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