Thursday , October 6 2022

McDonald's announces the provision of a home in Ireland service but health experts warn of the risk of obesity


Soon, McDonald's lovers can be ordered immediately to their home – but health experts have warned the risk of obesity.

The fast food coach announced the launch of their new home delivery service in Ireland on Thursday.

The McDelivery service will be available across Dublin, Galway, and Cork in partnership with UberEats.

Dr Michelle Queally, health economist at NUI Galway, said: "Research suggests that proximity and access to fast food increases the risk of obesity.

"A possible explanation is that close proximity to fast food reduces fast food costs, mainly travel costs.

"A second explanation is that easier access to fast food tries users with self-control problems."

Junk food
Junk food (Stock)

Dr Queally said she still saw whether or not McDonald's new supply service would lead to eating junk foods and drinks, followed by an increase in obesity level.

He said, with a large number of food and drink options available, "unrealistic to expect temptations to be avoided every day".

He added: "As always, teaching and education can play a practical role in the Irish obesity crisis and help inform parents and young people towards healthier choices that support their physical and mental development.

"Fast food is high in fats, salt and unhealthy sugar, which contributes to obesity and high BP and has been positively associated with the obesity epidemic because it is increasingly available, energy density and a big dogn. "


And the service will be available to anyone within 1.5 miles of restaurants that take part in McDonald's.

So far, McDelivery is available in eight locations in Dublin, five locations in Cork, and three in Galway.

Customers can order to use the UberEats app from 8am until midnight, seven days a week.

Peadar Golden, head of UberEats in Ireland, said: "Our time means that people can get great food now when touching a button that is presented to their home or office.

"With UberEats, you can follow the progress of your presentation, see your messenger reaches a living and paying map using your account – there is no need to change."

Customers will be able to follow the presentation's progress including updates on preparing their order and watch their distribution driver arriving live in an app.

Sarah Carter, director of operations for McDonalds for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, said: "We're delighted to introduce the McDelivery service to Ireland, after months of planning and many questions from McDonald's lovers – we can finally reveal that the time has come, offering another level of convenience again to our loyal customers. "

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