Now, we all enjoy a naughty takeaway from time to time, and there is nothing hugely wrong with that.
There are few things which give me more joy on a lazy Friday night than pulling up to my house with a warm bag on my lap, stuffed with special fried rice, spring rolls and prawn crackers.
However, there is a limit for everyone and – for me – that limit comes way, way before the 7,000 calorie mark.
Dubbed ‘Britain’s unhealthiest takeaway’, Glasgow chippy East West Spice is serving up a monster box piled high with fried food, layered over a bed of thick cut chips. This is washed down with the unofficial national drink of Scotland, Irn-Bru.
For £10, you can consume 6,792 calories worth of chips, fish, sausages, pizza crunches, hamburgers, onion rings, chicken nuggets, fritters and fizzy pop.
Now according to the NHS, a man’s daily calorie intake for maintaining his weight is around 2,500kcal. For a woman, this is 2,000kcal.
Now, even if this was your only meal of the day, you would be eating enough for three fully grown men and then some.
It’s therefore unsurprising this box has caused some alarm, with people reacting with both horror and hunger after Scottish writer Ross McCafferty tweeted a picture of the humungous feast, noting it could ‘feed a family of six for a week’.
Tweeting to his followers, Ross said:
A chippy in my hometown is selling this ‘crunch box’ for a TENNER and if you don’t think it looks like the most appetizing thing ever then there’s no hope for you.
A chippy in my hometown is selling this 'crunch box' for a TENNER and if you don't think it looks like the most appetizing thing ever then there's no hope for you. pic.twitter.com/BzKhYbEFWF
— Ross McCafferty (@RossMcCaff) August 19, 2018
Some people apparently couldn’t wait to tuck in, with one person salivating:
I could soooooooo eat this right now, I’d have to add a shitload of mustard and brown sauce though.
One person even photoshopped the curiously beige banquet onto the Scottish flag in a show of national pride.
I could soooooooo eat this right now, I'd have to add a shitload of mustard and brown sauce though :D
— Leya (@Indy_Leya) August 19, 2018
I’ll see your crunch box & raise you the Chinese hangover box. pic.twitter.com/bKMqBBROCk
— DillyTante (@DillyTante) August 19, 2018
That is heaven in a pizza box
— Shellshack (@shellshackleton) August 19, 2018
This is one of the most Scottish things I've ever seen in my life ????????✨
— Emily McKee (@McKee_RD) August 19, 2018
However, others were not quite so enthusiastic; understandably conscious of the toll such a hefty dinner would have on a person’s heart. Someone even suggested the box should have been ‘coffin shaped’.
One sickened person tweeted:
I’ve worked in then run catering businesses for over two decades. The quality of the product must be stupendously bad to make the crunch box economically viable. I’m talking beaks and a*seholes here.
If that box was in the X-Men universe it would be known as ‘Diabeto’.
I’ve worked in then run catering businesses for over two decades. The quality of the product must be stupendously bad to make the crunch box economically viable. I’m talking beaks and arseholes here.
They may as well have deep fried the box
— Steven (@chapstar09) August 19, 2018
If that box was in the X-Men universe it would be known as “Diabeto”
— Greg Enston (@GregEnston) August 20, 2018
They really should serve it in a coffin shaped box
— Benny Fitzscrounger (@fitzscrounger) August 19, 2018
According to the Mirror, East West Spice manager Bahadur Singh has explained the meal is intended for more than one person:
I just thought it would be nice to combine the ideas and bring something which would appeal to everyone.
We put the deal on and people seem to love it. Everything is cooked in fat but the dish is big enough for three or four people to share.
It’s definitely for the family to eat. People think it’s a great deal.
Cheers to everyone getting in touch to tell me that a box full of deep fried and battered food is unhealthy.
I was about to recommend it for athletes
— Ross McCafferty (@RossMcCaff) August 20, 2018
I know some big eaters, but I don’t think I know anyone who could polish this lot off all on their lonesome. Please don’t try to, your arteries will thank you later.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.