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Posted by Neharika Sabharwal on June 22, 2008

McDonalds, the fast food giant of USA should thanks Chris Coleson for all the positive publicity he is providing the company. Often, the target for criticism for promoting unhealthy diets and obesity, McDonalds helped the 42 year old business man from Quinton reduce close to 80 pounds.

McDonalds has not invented any special meals. The father of 2 reduced the excessive weight but eating every single meal at the local McDonalds eatery. He stuck to dishes like salads and apple dippers less the caramel sauce and avoided the tempting Big Macs, French Fries and chocolate shakes.

McDonalds is the world’s largest fast food restaurant spread across in 119 countries and serving close to 47 million customers a day. McDonald's primarily sells hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken products, French fries, breakfast items, soft drinks, milkshakes and desserts.

McDonalds is a prominent example of the rapid globalization of the American fast food industry. With all of its success also comes the cane of controversies. Several protests have taken place over McDonald's food contributing to the epidemic of obesity in society and failing to provide nutritional information about its food for its customers. It has also been criticized for its business practices for targeting children as marketing tools. Also in 2002, a group of Hindu protesters accused the chain of wrongly classifying its beef flavored french fries as 100% vegetarian.

This success story should surely give the executives at the company something to smile about. Coleson weighed about 278 pounds in December before starting his diet. His current weight is 199 pounds. His waist size has reduced from 50 to 36.

Chris Coleson married Tricia Summer 10 years ago. His current goal is to return to his original weight of 185 pounds for his 10th wedding anniversary arriving shortly.

Coleson credits his two children for his inspiration. He says he also drew inspiration from the story of the blind war veteran who rode a tandem bicycle cross country. Good for Chris Coleson and even better for McDonalds.

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