The super-sizing of everything

We wonder why there’s an obesity epidemic in the United States, and then we read a story like this, courtesy of our food and dining reporter, Mark Fisher: “McDonald’s officials are gearing up to roll out two new sizes of Big Mac sandwiches at Dayton-area McDonald’s restaurants and other locations nationwide,” he wrote on Friday.

“The ‘Grand Mac’ — bigger than the traditional Big Mac, with two larger patties boasting a total of one-third pound of beef — and Mac Jr., a single-patty sandwich easier to eat on the go — will join the Big Mac roster for a limited time on McDonald’s national menu in early 2017, company officials announced. The new sizes were test-marketed earlier this year at McDonald’s locations in Columbus and central Ohio.

“‘We listened to our customers, who told us they wanted different ways to enjoy the one-of-a-kind Big Mac taste,’ McDonald’s chef Mike Haracz said.”

Well, OK, maybe we don’t wonder why. None of this is meant to suggest, by the way, that I don’t enjoy the occasional Big Mac.

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