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Americans Spend Nearly $1,500 a Minute on McDonald’s Burgers


Every 60 seconds, Americans pour more about $7 million into the U.S. retail industry.


Consumers buy an average of 1,440 McDonald’s burgers and 5,695 Starbucks drinks every minute of every day, according to an engrossing new infographic from

CLICK HERE to witness the fall of a consumption empire:


  1. Trouble is, AMG, I, my wife and most of my friends haven’t eaten a McD burger in years.

    Roughly 2,000 people in south Brewster County, Texas. 80 miles the nearest McD.

    40,000 people in Thomas County, Jawgia. The nearest Starbuck’s is fifty miles away, in Tallahassee. And no Starbuck’s between El Paso and Odessa.

  2. I’m too much of a skinflint to buy Starbucks, not when I have a can of Folgers and a cheap electric coffee maker.

    Now, McDonalds is another matter. I never eat the food (food said loosely, tongue in cheek), but when I have been out of the country or stuck in the middle of nowhere for a while and come back, I have to have a Big Mac and fries. It’s weird. I think I’ve been brainwashed after decades of Ronald McDonald/Micky D advertisements. That’s the only explanation because after eating the drek, I get nauseous.

  3. “1500 McDonald’s burgers /minute by 300 million people is about 2.6 /year per person. ” —– Andrew

    It’s actually 2.628. But, you did say “about”. But, your assumptions are incorrect.

    First, “only” half of Americanus Fattyassus eats at McShits. Half of those order fake chickun or fake fish. Half are toddlers just going along for the ride. Some order healthy McShits like Wilted Garden Lettuce Delight. I’ve done the maf, so trust me …. the actual bugger eaters consume 731 burgers per person per year.

    Seriously, though about HALF of the American population eats at McShits EVERY fucking month. This is seriously fucking amazing to me.

  4. To all who did not click on the link in the original article. You should check it out. Very nice graphical display. From the website;

    “Retail is at the heart of our operations, and inspired by the infographic The Internet in Real-Time, we were interested in what a visualization of popular US consumer spending would look like. The result? Retail in Real-Time – a glimpse of how and where the US spends its cash and just how quickly these numbers grow.”

    An interesting quick view of online purchases (short time frame …. 10 minutes)

    ——- Made in USA = $98,000

    ——- Made Overseas = $4,800,000

  5. You people are worse than a bunch of prissy old church ladies, getting the vapors and clutching your pearls. McD’s french fries are fucking awesome, especially when dipped in the chocolate shakes. I get them twice a year and look forward to it the rest of the time. So there are people who were raised badly and never learned proper impulse control and eat that stuff every day. Well, good! They won’t live long enough to be a drain on Medicare.

  6. Budget Busting U.S. Obesity Costs Climb Past $300 Billion a Year

    The Fiscal Times By Eric Pianin, Brianna Ehley

    Until now, Americans have been losing the battle of the bulge.

    More than a third of all adults and 17 percent of young people are obese, according to the experts, and many of them have been consigned to troubled lives with obesity-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension, arthritis and even cancer. Without major government and private intervention and a sea change in many Americans’ unhealthy eating habits, the adult obesity rate could reach 50 percent by 2030, according to one study.

    The cost to society in terms of damaged lives, soaring health care costs and diminished economic growth and productivity is staggering.

    A new analysis prepared for The Fiscal Times by Scott Kahan, director of the National Center for Weight & Wellness at George Washington University, pegs the total cost of obesity – including direct medical and non-medical services, decreased worker productivity, disability and premature death – at $305.1 billion annually.

    Related: U.S. Obesity Rate Hits a Costly New High

    Those direct medical costs — include counseling, outpatient and hospital visits, a range of bariatric surgical procedures, new treatment, nursing home care, rehabilitation and hospice – account for $190 billion of the annual costs, according to Kahan. The non-medical costs, including health education and behavioral change, add $50 billion to the annual tab. Finally, absenteeism and sub-par productivity in the workplace costs an additional $65.1 billion a year.

    Kahan’s study, which he based on a wealth of research dating back to 1998, eclipses previous estimates of obesity’s societal and economic costs. The total would be much higher – by at least an additional $300 billion a year – if “intangible costs” associated with pain and suffering from obesity and obesity-associated conditions were added – but they are difficult to monetize. Still, those additional costs would push the grand total to $605 billion a year.

  7. “The cost to society in terms of damaged lives, soaring health care costs and diminished economic growth and productivity is staggering.”

    The PROBLEM is that these costs are foisted upon “society,” which we all know really means “The Taxpayers.”

  8. Taking into account the catastrophic costs associated with obesity, a Big Mac from McShit’s real cost is about $45 dollars.

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    Economist Tim Worstall at Forbes
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    [edited] Are the costs of treating the illness and death brought on by those three indulgences higher or lower than the costs of treating those who live healthily but still inevitably die? The clue is in the shortened lifespan.

    Effective obesity prevention [which has its costs] decreases the costs of obesity-related diseases. This is offset by cost increases from unrelated diseases during longer lives. Obesity prevention may improve public health, but it does not decrease health expenditures.
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    Age-related diseases are more expensive to treat than sin-related diseases because they occur over a longer lifespan.

  10. Andrew Garland, making me (and the Advice Goddess) proud!

    Those healthy people. They’re such a pain in the ass. 😉


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