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Arun Rafi
Arun Rafi
Mar 22, 2019 · 3 min read

Why McDonalds will be different, five decades from now.

Americans now spend more money on fast food than on personal computers, computer software, or new cars. Soon, the world will catch up, too.

They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music — combined.

However, McDonalds will/has hit a wall.


US population is growing at a less than 1% growth. Lesser future stomachs.

Life Expectancy

American life expectancy has been dropping over the past three years, matched only by the period of 1915–1918 — the World War era. Lesser time over years to capture.

Feritility Rate

3.19 births per woman in 1965 to 1.8 births per woman. Reduced future potential.

Add to all of this, the biological wall — the stomach.


A maximum of around 2000 pounds of food a year, with five pounds a day, that can be consumed, on the higher side.

With none of the three factors increasing. Only way McDonalds can increase value is to reduce costs and to increase prices.

What will be on their minds?

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How much more can we push?


As raw materials become cheaper — one way would definitely be to increase prices a bit, but increase quantity dispropotionately.

Bigger Macs, Jumbo-er fries. Giant family packs.

However, directly linked to people eating more — getting obese — and other medical conditions, that reduce the life cycle.

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Ofcourse, the healthy salad and dressing charade, will always be there. That’s how parents justify entering McDonalds, anyways. The family that eats McDonalds together, stays together.

Normalising Life Cycle

So what if life expectancy is reducing. You could always catch them younger and increase the frequency. True. And already happening.

But results in the same cycle of health — lifestyle diseases — reduced life cycle.

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Enter McGym

A gym with the best facilities and a fast-food model. You can eat whatever you want, how much ever you want. A gym for people who do not compromise.

And guess what?

You have a memership card — that tracks calories consumed, at McD, versus calories burnt, at McGym.

Customised menu plans that you can chose from.

Bonus: These will look extremely healthy, on your Instagram feed.

Ate a lot? You just have some McRewards that you can utilise at your Gym to burn that off.

Exercised a lot? Well, you deserve a giant hamburger — let none deny that to you. McRewards at play again.

For every corner store of Mcdonalds, a gym on the top floor. You have to walk it, you see.

The future could be bright. Atleast for McDonalds.

Catching people young. Making them eat more. Making them burn more.

McParks, Animated movies and so much more.

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Don’t worry. Keep spreading smiles with those chicken nuggets.

If every nation gets the government it deserves, it is of no wonder, that America, now has a fast-food loving president who loves hamburgers and fries.

The future is bright. Atleast for McDonalds.

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