McDonald’s is currently working on a plan that will have the company give out Fitness Trackers along with their happy meals.
Cool right? Not quite.
There is little doubt that eating a lot of McDonald’s or any junk (fast) food is a perfect way to gain weight and lose your fitness levels.
Kids love it and thus parents are forced to let their children eat as much McDonald’s as they want or can afford, whichever comes first.
But can we really blame the common folk for loving a food item that is so cheap and so addictive?
Let’s get this out of the way from the beginning: McDonald’s is probably the worst food you can eat if you care about your health and fitness levels.
With that said, sometimes you can’t or won’t eat at home and want something that you can eat on the go, like while driving to your night shift work at a thermal power plant.
To alleviate these potential health issues, McDonald’s has put its geniuses to work and have come up with a product that will provide recommended solutions for just about any heart condition that utilizes McDonald’s drive-through system and orders extra large fries on the side.
Various reports have revealed that McDonald’s is planning to introduce its own, cheap, fitness trackers which will come bundled with each of its Happy Meal deal.
The fitness tracker (can’t stress enough on the word cheap here) will start shipping to McDonald’s outlets in the United States and Canada.
There have been no updates as to whether McDonald’s would introduce this bundle deal in other parts of the world.
The tracker is being labeled as a “Step-It” fitness device and if you must know, then it is what can only be described as a shoddy step counter instead of something that would rival FitBit.
But that’s not all. McDonald’s fitness tracker can also estimate how fast you, or kids, are going as the tracker blinks relative to the speed of your steps.
McDonald’s has announced that the deal will last for up to four weeks. For the sake of customers who like to buy food from McDonald’s, that’s probably good news.
With that said, we’ll have to assume here that McDonald’s fitness tracker is one of those fitness devices that can count really high.
Why would that be important or even worth a mention you might ask?
Well, let’s start with this: it takes about four hours of medium intensity exercise if you want to burn off 840 calories.
There are approximately 840 calories in a single McDonald’s Happy Meal.
Let’s also assume that an average person is able to take about 2,000 steps every mile. That average person is likely to walk at about three miles per hour.
That also means a kid would have to walk about 24,000 steps before she is able to burn off the calories from a McDonald’s cheeseburger. Maybe even more if you’re one of those who likes the quarter pounder much more than a run-of-the-mill chicken cheeseburger.
Anyone who has ever used a fitness tracker would know that taking 10,000 steps every day is almost impossibly hard. Especially if you work/go to school/have a life outside of walking and running/aren’t a professional athlete in an explosive sport.
Taking 24,000 steps to burn off McDonald’s Happy Meal isn’t only insane but also insulting. Why enjoy something so delicious and cheap for ten minutes when you’ll have to walk for the rest of the day to burn it off.
And then there is the fact that no health professional or fitness guide would tell you to go out and get yourself a Happy Meal fitness tracker in order to easily count steps and get fit.
In other words, if you are searching for a way to count your steps, Happy Meal fitness tracker “ain’t it”.
Needless to say, McDonald’s fitness tracker, which unfortunately must be called a wearable device, provides nowhere near the level of accuracy or quality that you would need to benefit from it.
There is a reason why devices such as Fitbit or even Xiaomi’s Mi Band (which is a great fitness tracker for those who are just beginning to warm up to the idea of wearing a fitness tracker all the time) cost probably a thousand times more than McDonald’s fitness tracker.
They have features that are developed enough to offer tangible benefits to the wearer of the fitness tracker device.
McDonald’s fitness tracker, by the looks of the photos that have been released, seems to be made of cheap plastic.
No surprise that the display on McDonald’s fitness tracker is basically a small LCD screen. You’ll also find these cheap tiny LCD display screens in second hand knock off digital watches.
But, you might legitimately think that a fitness tracker that comes free with a $5 Chicken McNugget Happy is ought to be a hell of a deal right?
It may, in fact, be a hell of a deal for you but the same can’t be said about the organs inside your body.
Not to mention the long-term medical costs that you’ll probably have to endure because of conditions such as diabetes or obesity.
The McDonald’s Happy Meal simply cannot work unless, and it is a pretty mighty unless, McDonald’s can install some sort of a countdown for the number of steps needed to burn off those calories.
For example, the fitness tracker could come preset with a 24,000 steps countdown. Only then will customers be able to find the motivation to actually move and burn that Happy Meal off.
Of course, there is the other side of the argument which might be equally legitimate: Kids are going to eat McDonald’s Happy Meal to get toys anyway so why not replace those toys with fitness tracker that might encourage them to exercise and get fit.
Common sense would indicate that buying a McDonald’s Happy Meal, instead of maybe going to the gym or the local park, to get fit isn’t a great idea at all.
But who cares right? Life is short and of course #YOLO.
Update: McDonald’s has pulled the plug on Happy Meal fitness activity trackers.
McDonald’s Happy Meals is no doubt one of the most beloved fast food item that is available today. Children love these for their taste and the cute little toys that come along with them.
Parents, as mentioned before, love them because they are cheap and delicious. That fact doesn’t make them healthy to consume though.
McDonald’s tried to reverse the bad rap its Happy Meals have got in terms of their nutritional value by including a fitness tracker in the Happy Meal box instead of a toy.
Maybe the company wanted to ride the wave and benefit off of Rio Olympics, but it turns out, the fitness tracker, instead of improving fitness, is causing skin irritations.
That news prompted McDonald’s to end the promotion period way earlier than it had originally announced i.e four weeks.
McDonald’s have announced that the company will go back to giving out toys with its Happy Meal while they investigate the cause of potential skin irritations.
McDonald’s gave no further details and ended their promotion period well before the end of Olympics.
The company had initially planned on offering fitness trackers along with Happy Meals for a four week period which coincidentally also coincided with the Olympic games that are being held in Brazil this year.
The Associated Press reported that McDonald’s statement has left a mystery on whether the company will, once again, introduce fitness products to go along with its Happy Meal giveaways to motivate children for higher fitness goals.