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Wednesday
May182011

Don Gorske Eats 25,000th Big Mac

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(FOND DU LAC, Wis.) -- For almost four decades, Don Gorske has been eating Big Macs at an obscene and unprecedented rate. On Tuesday, he reached a new milestone -- finishing his 25,000th Big Mac.

"I plan on eating Big Macs until I die," the Fond du Lac, Wis., man said. "I have no intentions of changing. It's my favorite food. Nothing has changed in 39 years. I look forward to it every day."

Gorske, 59, says he's in good health and that he has the checkups to prove it. His cholesterol level is low and he was given a clean bill of health two months ago during his last physical, despite the fact that he exercises minimally.

Living off a diet of Big Macs is something most people could not get away with. Each Big Mac has 540 calories and 29 grams of fat, the equivalent of an entire large cheese pizza. It takes nine miles of walking to work off one Big Mac meal.

Gorske eats, on average, two Big Macs a day, and doctors say his good health is primarily a result of his genetics.

Although Gorske is a genetic freak, most Americans aren't and there is no genetic test to see if a person might be part of the same rare group that can ignore a healthy diet. Doctors say there are two equally important factors in cholesterol: family history and lifestyle.

However, a majority of Americans have cholesterol that's too high, doubling the risk of heart disease.

Exercise does help. Eighty percent of people who exercise and cut down on fat are able to lower their chances of having a heart attack.

As for Wisconsin's walking contradiction, Gorske survives against the odds, 25,000 Big Macs and counting, never knowing if his next could be his last.

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