Eating at McDonald’s is Not Always Unhealthy, Teacher Claims

February 2, 2014

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. deteriorate /dɪˈtɪəriəˌreɪt/ (v.) – to worsen or to decrease in quality through time
Example: My eyesight deteriorated fast because I’m addicted to computer games.

2. theorize /ˈθiəˌraɪz, ˈθɪəraɪz/ (v.) – to suggest an idea that can be proved scientifically
Example: The scientist’s experiment proved that the idea he theorized is true.

3. regimen /ˈrɛdʒəmən, -ˌmɛn, ˈrɛʒ-/ (n.) – a routine that makes one healthy
Example: He follows a regimen to help him stop smoking.

4. consume /kənˈsum/ (v.) – to eat or drink
Example: Luke consumes lots of rice every day.

5. discretion /dɪˈskrɛʃən/ (n.) – the ability to make choices in a specific situation
Example: My grades depend on the teacher’s discretion.


Read the text below.
A high school teacher proves through an amateur documentary that eating fast food products may not be harmful to one’s health.

A 2004 film titled Supersize Me showed a man who ate only the food from McDonald’s for one month. The film showed that the man’s health deteriorated because of his fast food diet.

This film inspired science teacher John Cisna to verify if eating McDonald’s food is indeed unhealthy. In his own documentary, Cisna theorized that eating at McDonald’s does not necessarily make a person unhealthy.

Cisna and three of his students planned an eating regimen consisting of McDonald’s meals. The students referred to McDonald’s online nutritional information and considered other nutrients like carbohydrates, protein, fats, and cholesterol. 

For 90 days, Cisna consumed different McDonald’s meals that were limited to 2,000 worth of calories per day. His breakfast included eggs, oatmeal, and milk, while he ate salads for lunch and fries and burgers for dinner. Cisna said he also ate high-fat products like ice creams and big burgers. During this period, he walked for 45 minutes daily.

The owner of the local McDonald’s branch was interested in the experiment, so he provided free meals for the teacher. After 90 days, Cisna lost 37 pounds and his cholesterol level dropped from 249 to 170.

Before the experiment, Cisna did not monitor his calories and had no regular exercises. He was surprised with his weight loss and how his theory proved to be true.

The findings of the experiment suggest that being fat depends on people’s discretion and their lifestyle and not solely on McDonald’s food, said Cisna.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         After reading the story, would you still eat in fast food restaurants? Why or why not?
·         Do you agree that getting fat does not depend exclusively on one’s diet? Kindly explain your answer,

Discussion B

·          Why do you think many people like eating in fast food restaurants?
·          How else can a person stay healthy even when eating fast food meals?


February 2, 2014