In January of this year, a man from Texas made headlines when he sued McDonald’s after eating nothing but their food for 30 days. The man, 29-year-old Austin Aitken, said that he did this as an experiment to see if it was possible to survive on a McDonald’s-only diet.
Aitken documented his experiment on social media, posting photos and videos of himself eating McDonald’s meals for every meal of the day. He even created a spreadsheet detailing everything he ate and drank, as well as their calorie counts.
At the end of the 30 days, Aitken said that he felt “gross” and “miserable,” and that his experiment had taken a toll on his physical and mental health. He claimed that he suffered from anxiety, depression, and hair loss, and that his cholesterol and blood sugar levels had spiked.
Aitken’s lawsuit alleges that McDonald’s is “deceptive” and “unfair” in its marketing of its food as “nutritious” and “healthy.” He is seeking unspecified damages.
This is not the first time that McDonald’s has been sued over its food. In 2002, a group of obese children sued the company, claiming that their eating habits had been shaped by McDonald’s advertising. That case was eventually settled out of court.
In 2015, a California woman sued McDonald’s after she found a piece of plastic in her McChicken sandwich. And just last year, a man in France sued McDonald’s after finding a piece of metal in his burger.
It remains to be seen whether Aitken’s case will be successful. But his lawsuit highlights the growing concern over the healthfulness of McDonald’s food.
While the company has made some efforts to offer healthier options, such as salads and fruits, the majority of its menu is still made up of burgers, fries, and other fast food staples. And according to Aitken’s lawsuit, that’s not likely to change anytime soon.