Why is McDonald’s the Restaurant of the Olympics?

Why is McDonald’s the Official Restaurant of the Olympics?McDonald’s restaurants are the very epitome of poor health, with their McNuggets most notably containing chemicals used in breast implants and silly putty, so why have the Olympic games officials adopted the restaurant chain as their official restaurant of the Olympics? Considering the Olympic games represent some of the most conditioned athletes across the globe, it seems quite bizarre that the face of the entire event would be that of Ronald McDonald.

With the media frenzy surrounding the Olympic games, it’s easy to see why McDonald’s continues to be a major sponsor (dishing out cash for over 35 years). A massive marketing opportunity is presented to the company that involves aligning itself with a ‘healthy’ and fit event. In fact, McDonald’s is reaping in the benefits as even some of the most decorated Olympic finalists are chomping down on their disease-linked frankenburgers. It was reported that ‘the most highly decorated Olympian’ Michael Phelps gorged himself at McDonald’s after winning a gold medal at the Olympics.

Phelps and fellow gold medalist Ricky Berens reportedly ate a toxic feast of two Quarter Pounders with cheese, one six-piece McNugget (each of which contains 7 different ingredients to compose the fake chicken ‘meat’), a medium McFlurry, and two medium french fries. Great news for McDonald’s, bad news for viewers.

McDonald’s fast food has been linked in scientific research to depression, with those who ate fast food 51 percent more likely to be depressed than those consuming very little or none of the food. McDonald’s has also been heavily criticized for including ‘pink slime’ into their products, which is essentially scrap meat drenched in ammonium hydroxide. And that’s really not the worst of it.

Taking another look at the highly popular McNuggets, it’s easy to see why McDonald’s food items contain some of the most concerning chemicals in the entire food industry. The kind that athletes and viewers looking to live a healthy lifestyle should avoid at all costs. McNuggets contain a large list of ingredients, including autolyzed yeast extract (similar to MSG), dimethylpolysiloxane (a type of silicone being phased out as a breast implant substance due to safety concern), safflower oil (often genetically modified), and of course butylhydroquinone (derived from petroleum to ‘preserve freshness’).

So why is it that McDonald’s is the official restaurant of the Olympics? It seems that the corporation is desperate to attach to athletic events in order to push itself as a health-conscious chain, when in reality it is likely one of the largest contributors to the breeding of disease in the United States. But of course their executive likes to think differently. In a press release on how McDonald’s ‘cares about your health’ that sought to piggyback on the success of the Olympic games, one exec states:

“Customers recognize McDonald’s as a responsible, trusted brand that stays current with their lifestyles.”

Could it be any more obvious just how little this company actually cares about your health? McDonald’s has no place being the official restaurant of any event or organization supposedly representing the face of health and fitness across the globe.

Trending on the Web

20 Responses to "Why is McDonald’s the Restaurant of the Olympics?"

  1. Keri Mainaaupo  August 4, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Wait- so Phelps released a public apology about endorsing Subway’s sucky sandwiches, and stuffed his face with McDonald’s??? hahahahaha Smoke it up!

  2. chandler  August 4, 2012 at 12:48 am

    He probably had the munchies man. That’s the only time id ever eat that crap and even then I can still resist it usually.

  3. zaghy2zy  August 4, 2012 at 3:02 am

    No offense but, the utter exageration of the unhealthiness of McDonalds is just unjournalistic. There isn’t even proper research to back everything. While I am not saying it IS healthy, the exaggeration is just ridiculous. If you want to claim that you are revealing the truth, you better back everything you say with proper white papers from trusted sources.

    I find it an utter disgrace for a seeming good website with good intentions.

    Public disclosure: I work for McDonalds Canada as a regular crew. Not a manager, Not in any rank. But I have worked long enough to see everything that goes on. I have also managed to acquire internal sources and know exactly where our stuff comes from and how they are made. Unlike what everyone else says, McDonalds DO NOT process their own products. Everything that comes into the stores are supplied by various independent suppliers, all of them has to pass food safety, quality, and sustainability inspections. Not a single product of McDonalds is “made” by McDonalds. Well, for the very least, I speak of McDonalds Canada, which obviously has higher standards compared to the US counterpart.

    On the other hand, I know money talks with these kinds of things and in the end it’s all about profit. And that’s how McDonalds is the Official Restaurant of the Olympics.

    • chaddebeezy  August 4, 2012 at 6:19 am


    • Tony Luckman  August 4, 2012 at 8:35 am

      With all due respect my friend,Macdonalds isn’t going to tell you what it puts in it’s stuff (albeit from carefully chosen suppliers). Moreover,it’s a sad fact that the majority of processed food is full off some very worrying ingredients.
      You say you’re from Canada; Well your government has bent over and let the US give it one up the arse over GMO food,which is causing kidney and liver damage(and in some cases failure) along with damage to the DNA ladder. The truth is,very few of these companies,or the FDA(and equivilent organisations) give a flying fuck about food safety,or just how much damage said “food” is doing,so long as the corresponding corporate hand to the one rammed up their arse is waving wads of money at them.

  4. zaghy2zy  August 4, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Additionally, McDonalds Canada is open to answer questions, regardless how ridiculous it is…

    http://yourquestions.mcdonalds.ca browse along… or ask something

    • milly  August 7, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Supersize me!!!

  5. Josh  August 4, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Also, check into what they offer at McDonalds overseas. In india and other countries they serve food that we could only wish for them to serve here. Americans keep eating the garbage without looking into whats in it or demanding food that is actually healthy, so they keep serving us shit.

  6. gary  August 4, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Everyone could stuff their face with Donalds if they did as much excersise as an Olympic swimmer, phelps also has a 5 egg omelette for his breakfast, ridiculous to a regular person.

    Mcdonalds has always been associated with large events, they have enough money to make that happen, it’s nothing new or even news worthy.

    If someone doesn’t have the will power to eat a balanced diet, who’s fault is that? All people do is shift the blame for their own short comings.

    • Tony Luckman  August 4, 2012 at 8:47 am

      You’re foggetting the fact that the bullyboy mentality in all of this,has meant that in that entire area of London,people have been banned from selling a large part of their normal menu,thus taking away what would have been a restbite from the recession and the danger of bankruptcy,in order that Macdonalds can sell their toxic garbage. In other words,we’ve been told we don’t have a choice and the monopoly laws have been well and truly breached…….because big corporate companies have said it’s ok to do so for them!

  7. Jake  August 4, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Arnold Schwazenegger used to smoke a Cigar after winning competitions – you can see this is ‘Pumping Iron’. We all deserve a treat for the dedication and hard work don’t we? I wouldn’t reccomend Mcdonalds though.

  8. shannon  August 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    agree. I dont like it when people put reports out that dont back up what they say. To say that McDonalds is the reason for such unhealthy lifestyle is just wrong. People choose to eat what they want.

    My brother used to work for Mcdonalds and he says the same as you.

  9. Swiggy  August 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    It all boils down to money for the Olympics (the IOC) You could sell used tires, but if you paid enough, you could be the official restaurant of the Olympics. It’s a greed fest of Olympic proportions. Some sponsors actually live up to their sponsorship, but I doubt that McDonalds has.

    BTW, one of the corollaries linking McDonald’s to depression: Of course it’s linked to depressions. I’d be pretty depressed if I had to eat at McDonald’s all the time. (when I was a kid, yes, I ate at McDonald’s. A few times a year as a special treat. But everyday? the thought is depressing in and of itself)

  10. PJ  August 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I wouldn’t criticise someone too harshly for eating a McDonalds or equivalent very occasionally. I doubt that Phelps is eating their crap on a daily or even weekly basis. But, still, the fact that this establishment is the official restaurant (sic) of the olympics makes a farce of the whole event.

  11. jed  August 6, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Companies like McDonald’s are not the problem, companies like this are simply a reflection of our own dispositions, they would not exist without our support.

  12. yankee_rose  August 8, 2012 at 12:03 am

    If you want to be a journalist than go easy on the adjectives. A lie is a lie, it does not need to be dressed up with flowery language to make it seem more of a lie.

    On to the point.

    Of course maccas is going to sponsor the olympics, it sponsors just about everything. I wouldn’t be surprised if maccas spent 50 per cent of its profit on sponsoring / marketing / advertising all around the world. Thats why they are as big as they are? Maccas is not sponsoring the olympics because they think the general population is dumb enough to associate physical perfection with mcdonalds food. I mean your insulting the intelligence of the general public (unless your american, than your probably accurate) to think that marketing can completely influence the sub conscious into making consumer decisions that are quite clearly absurd. I think most people know about the dangers of eating mcdonalds. For the simple fact that everyone knows maccas has a remarkable saturated fat and sugar content. If we analyze your hyperbolic rant that you call an ‘article’, one just needs to look at the fat content of any mcdonalds burger (but you had to use reference to ‘toxins’ and ‘chemicals’ destroying what little credibility your article had as a journalistic piece) to know that its not going to make you an athlete.

    Do you think your clever because you’ve just identified the ostensibly obscure contradiction that… “MACCAS IS UNHEALTHY AND IS SPONSORING THE OLYMPICS!!! WHERE THE MOST PHYSICALLY FIT ATHLETES ARE COMPETING . . . OMGZZZ! someone tell the press! ”

    omg. just learn to live with mcdonalds. its here for the long term–just buy your big mac and shut up

    • joe.bloggs  September 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

      do the world a favour and just go boil your head

  13. Paul  August 8, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Are you seriously saying and condoning the fact that processed food is good for you just because you worked for the company. Who says that you have the correct facts just because you worked there do you think the world is supposed to believe you for that reason. Im not delusional and i dont care what you say but the human body and its organs were never designed to cope with such highly processed food, i mean seriously you just have to taste it to realise something is up, aside from the heart palpitations after eating it. Obviously its peoples choice to eat what they want and its awesome that we have choices but there are techniques used to make help peoples minds to eat their food unwittingly to the consumer whether you like it or not. Its all about the money this day and age and its sad that the humans have sunk to this to make a profit or keep an ever growing healthier population to continue to keep the company afloat. Like i said eat it or dont eat it, im not fussed but im making the concious choice to keep it out of my body in the chance it my comprimise my health until there are proven legit studys to show otherwise.

    Good day.

  14. Dabra Grant  September 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    BP was also sponsor of the Olympic games. Gulf of Mexico disaster BP. Hello?


Leave a Reply