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This is Why You're Fat

Ransom Riggs
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I try to be conscientious about what I eat -- sort of. It's easy to buy good-for-me foods at the grocery store (can I get a whut-whut for Trader Joe's?), but like a lot of people I know, I end up eating out a lot more than I probably should. Of course, even healthy-sounding menu items at a restaurant can be hidden storehouses of fat, sodium and calories, and most of my favorite restaurants would probably be listed on Health Cubby (thanks for the heads-up on that, Higgins), as "vices."

Lest we forget, however, it's also possible to ruin a diet with homemade concoctions. While devotees of fast food fattiness have blogs like Fast Food Nation -- devoted to "life altering innovations in the fast food industry" -- to keep them entertained (and vaguely grossed-out), now the cook-at-home crowd can turn to This is Why You're Fat, chock-full of jolt-you-out-of-your-seat reminders of just how much more calorically overboard one can go when left to their own devices than even in the fattiest of fast-food joints.

For example, I give you the meat ship, whose creators guesstimate that it works out to about 17,000 calories total.

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These are gross exaggerations, naturally, but also stomach-churning object lessons which drive home the point that you're really the master of your own caloric destiny -- stay in or eat out, stick with pre-packaged portions or get creative, it's still all in your control -- and it only takes one Meat Ship to sink your diet!

Other horrifying creations you should check out:

"¢Â the heart attack sandwich

"¢ forget TerDuckHen, it's the 12 bird true love roast

sloppy joe on a Krispy Kreme

(Whew. I feel fat just looking at these.)

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