Most know that the timeless saying “do what you love” is meant to be taken with a grain of salt.
If the thing you love is illegal or unhealthy, you probably shouldn’t “do what you love.”
But for Don Gorske, eating Big Macs is what brings him joy.
By now, you might be thinking, “I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of this burger dude somewhere before.”
Well, if you watched Morgan Spurlock’s 2004 documentary Super Size Me, you have.
The movie that explored just how bad fast food chains like McDonald’s really are for you gave Gorske fame.
Gorske has been eating two big macs every single day since 1972.
On the first day he ever experienced a big mac, he ordered three and ate them all, went back for dinner and had 3 more, and went back at 11 p.m. that night and ordered three more again.
After that fateful day, he was hooked, and he has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
He makes sure to keep his freezer stocked with Big Macs in case of emergencies, and even proposed to his now-wife in the parking lot of that same McDonald’s. The building has since undergone renovations, and now a booth dedicated to Gorske’s daily Big Mac sits right where that parking spot used to be.
Now, he’s burgers away from hitting 30,000. At 29,877, Gorske keeps getting closer and closer, one burger at a time.
The shape of his body and condition of Gorske’s health threw a bit of a wrench in Spurlock’s film and baffled doctors.
Despite many telling him that too much of anything is bad for you, especially fast food, Gorske swears he’s in tip-top shape.
“For some reason, I never get sick, I just I’m lucky. My weight stays the same. I have a cholesterol of 160.”
Fans of Gorske have been following his journey for years, but as soon as he hit number 29,000, they’ve been awaiting the day he gets to the big three-oh.
The 64-year-old has many Big Mac eating days ahead of him.
“I love Big Macs so much I’ll keep eating them until I die. If I live as long as my dad I’ll pass 40,000. There’s a joke I tell people – that if my wife has to put them in a blender then it’s over.”
Cheers to many more years doin’ what you love, Don.
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