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Here’s what eating 30,000 Big Macs does to your health

Don Gorske has been shovelling Big Macs down his gullet for the better part of 40 years, and last week he hit a significant landmark – and no, it wasn’t a triple bypass.

Rather, on May 4 this year, the Wisconsin USA native consumed his 30,000th Big Mac.

Having first tasted two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun all the way back in 1972, the 64-year-old decided to munch the milestone Mac at the very restaurant he ate burger number one all those years ago.

“At the time it was the only McDonald’s in town and I had just gotten my driver’s license,” Gorske told local media.

So, the natural question is what kind of shape the retired prison guard is in – what with him eating an average of almost two Big Macs per day, each containing 2180 kilojoules, meaning he’s getting close to half his recommended daily intake (of 8700 kJ) from burgers.

Well, the local news describes Don as “tall and lanky” (for whatever that’s worth).

“People make fun of me, but it never bothered me,” Gorske said. “At my last medical check-up I had low cholesterol and my blood pressure was perfect.”

What’s more, the bloke’s pretty active, having run the 2006 San Diego Marathon, crossing the finish line carrying Big Mac #21,387.

As for how we know for sure this particular burger was number 30,000, Don has obsessive-compulsive disorder and has meticulous details of his various meals over the years, including wrappers, styrofoam containers and receipts.

This has led to his achievement being recognised by Guinness World Records, who declared him to have taken the record for ‘Most Big Macs consumed’ on August 24, 2016, as he ate his 28,788th Big Mac – an event that was recorded on Facebook Live.

Most Big Macs Consumed

Most Big Macs consumed: We're LIVE from Fond du Lac, WI (USA) with Donald Gorske, who has eaten over 28,000 Big Macs in his lifetime! 🍔 Send us your questions – please keep all comments respectful. Hosted by Claire Elise Stephens

Posted by Guinness World Records on Friday, 4 August 2017

By his own calculations, he’s only gone eight days in the past 46 years without heading to Macca’s for their signature burger – most notably foregoing one the day his mother passed.

“She requested I not eat a Big Mac on the day she died, in remembrance of her,” he said.

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