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Old 02-17-2012, 05:52 PM   #1
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Man has heart attack at The Heart Attack Grill

Wow. A 6,000 calorie burger. I'm at a loss for words.

Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas: 'Come hungry, leave in an ambulance' | Healthquest | NewJerseyNewsroom.com -- Your State. Your News.

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Old 02-17-2012, 06:23 PM   #2
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As a heart attack survivor, I'm offended by this advertising gimmick.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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I hear ya Andy! There are a couple of shows on TV where the hosts travel the country trying to eat outrageous amounts of high calorie foods. Food TV isn't free of blame either. When Paula Deen was making her "Ooey Gooey cake with a pound of butter, they promoted it constantly. Along with her unhealthy recipes. Now look where she is at. A Type 2 diabetic. And she kept it hidden for three years until it became a profit maker for her. She is touting a pharmaceutical medication for diabetics.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
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It was bound to happen sometime....

BUTTTTTTTT...


How can you not go wrong with a quadruple bypass burger???

http://www.heartattackgrill.com/picture/Quadruple.jpg
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:37 PM   #5
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I don't understand the thinking process that would motivate somebody to eat a 6,000 calorie meal. I googled a bit and it appears that a recommended daily caloric intake for women is 2,000 calories, for men 2,500 calories (although it depends on weight, age, metabolism, exercise and many other factors). I think 6,000 calories would be at least twice as big a total daily intake for all but the largest most active few. Let alone in one meal.

Then there's another health effect. If you habitually eat such large meals I believe your stomach will stretch out to accommodate your usual meals, and I believe your appetite and feeling of satisfaction relies in part on your stomach size, so eating large meals IMO predisposes you to not being satisfied with large meals. (And if you don't habitually eat that much then you are certainly going to experience discomfort.)

And then there's just the practicality of it all, as illustrated by the picture Kleenex linked. That's four bacon cheese hamburgers minus three of the buns and all in a single stack. Only the monster from Alien (the movie) has a mouth big enough to take a bite out of that big stack. A hamburger is a form of sandwich. No human has a big enough mouth to eat that without disassembly of the burger. If somebody truly wants to eat that they should order 3-4 ordinary bacon cheeseburgers.

The burger is an advertising gimmick. I bet they hardly ever sell any of them. They probably use it as a draw for traffic and then most people order a regular bacon cheeseburger. Fries and a malt with that please!
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:25 PM   #6
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How can you not go wrong with a quadruple bypass burger???

http://www.heartattackgrill.com/picture/Quadruple.jpg
At 8,000 calories, that's just plain revolting. Four days worth of calories in a single sitting.

Plain and simple, places like this exist because there are people out there who look at gluttony as some kind of a personal challenge, and take pride in seeing how much greasy meat they can stuff their faces with.
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Old 02-17-2012, 11:28 PM   #7
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At 8,000 calories, that's just plain revolting. Four days worth of calories in a single sitting.

Plain and simple, places like this exist because there are people out there who look at gluttony as some kind of a personal challenge, and take pride in seeing how much greasy meat they can stuff their faces with.
If you weigh more than 350 pounds, they will give you the Quadruple Bypass free, the burger, not the surgery.
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:31 AM   #8
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As a gimmick, and a novelty, I have to give it to the business owner. He has cornered a segment of the market, that obviously wants it. There is no reason, whatsoever, anyone should go in there expecting a healthy meal. it clearly states that the meals are, well, bad for you(to be PC/DC Friendly). He has all of the "nutritional information" posted with all menu items, and people know what they are doing.

No one is forcing people to patronize his restaurant. He has a corner of the market, that appeals to the like of the Challenge Eaters, like Addie referred to, and obviously enough people(the lovers of excess, college kids, etc etc etc...) to have kept the place in business for as long as it has been.

If you are going into a restaurant called, "The Heart Attack Grill", and knowingly order something that states the calorie count(among other things), orders it, eats it, and has a heart attack, IMHO it is not on the owner to shut down because of it(as is being requested)

Is the govt going to go around asking business owners to go around and shut the doors on any place that sells booze, or tobacco? No.

As gross/scary/sickening/excessive as it is, he's not breaking any laws.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:03 PM   #9
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Tatt is right, customers walk in knowing what to expect. The excess is theirs, not the owners.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:36 PM   #10
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As gross/scary/sickening/excessive as it is, he's not breaking any laws.
Well, technically, you could hand matches and a can of lighter fluid to a 5-year old and not be breaking any laws, either. But does that make it a responsible thing to do?

I don't want to get into who's right or wrong, or start an argument. I simply find this to be a flagrant example of gross excess in our society. It's like the ancient Romans who considered it acceptable to eat to the point of vomiting, or to slaughter a thousand flamingos just so they could eat the tongues. Just because it's not illegal to do something doesn't mean it's okay.

What exactly is the purpose of an 8,000 calorie burger except to stuff oneself to the point of being ill? Not to mention you could feed a family of 8 with that one burger. Furthermore, maybe some of these people should consider the burden they place on the health care system when they indulge in this kind of stupid behavior. And that costs all of us more money in the long run. Maybe the owner should have to pay for his customers' medical expenses out of his own pocket. I guarantee his business model wouldn't be so viable then.

I apologize if I'm getting too preachy, but stuff like this just irritates me to no end.
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