They've only just figured this out? :D
McDONALD'S is supersizing fatty burgers on demand – and its registers are programmed to take the order.
While the fast-food giant strongly advertises its "healthy" alternatives, it is feeding customers burgers that are double, triple and even quadruple their displayed menu size.
At a city store this week, a Sunday Herald Sun reporter ordered a Quarter Pounder – but with four beef patties and four slices of cheese.
The McDonald's staffer simply punched the Quarter Pounder ($3.25, with 28.5g of fat) request into the counter computer, added three extra patties and cheese slices and, presto, a Full Pounder ($8.35, with 55.5g fat) was born.
Teenagers have given new names to the supersized versions of the well-known burgers. Also, there are the Mega Mac and the Quadruple Cheeseburger.
The trend to fatten up the takeaway meal – not advertised or included on menus – is "the rage" with teens. They say they are getting better value for their money.
Recommended daily fat dose for an adult is 60g.
A spokesman for McDonald's, which has promised to change its menu to help combat Australia's obesity crisis, said stores did not offer upsizing, but allowed customers to make "grill orders" and"variations".
Deakin University nutritionist Prof Tim Crowe said: "We love to get value for money, but this is just over-consumption."