Overheard on CNN.com: Gimme a Triple Bypass, but hold the fries
A heart attack at the Heart Attack Grill? What do you think?
February 16th, 2012
02:06 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Gimme a Triple Bypass, but hold the fries

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

The story about an apparent heart attack suffered at Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas was naturally a talker for readers of Eatocracy, our food blog. This story presents a bit of a quandary for some readers.

Man suffers heart attack while eating "Triple Bypass" burger at Heart Attack Grill

People who have been to the restaurant shared their opinions.

Amanda: "I've been to this place once when it was in Chandler, Arizona, and you get fat by just walking in the door. This place is a novelty restaurant, so you know what your getting into when you go there. You reap what you sow, if your going to eat a 6,000 calorie burger by yourself. But as much as this article highlights the restaurant, it probably wasn't the burger that gave him the heart attack ... just saying ..."

Tr1Xen: "No joke ... this guy's probably been eating food like that his whole life."

Can a Triple Bypass burger really give you a heart attack right then and there?

Binky42: "These burgers are usually shared by a table full of people. It's not supposed to be eaten by one person alone. But if he went for it then he made that decision on his own, and it cost him. Anyone with common sense knows that eating like that will eventually kill you. Just like how any normal person knows hot coffee can burn you."

Tony: "I don't get what all the fuss is about. This story makes it sound as if it's the burger's fault this guy had a heart attack, but that's BS. What kind of condition was he in before he stepped in to this restaurant? Did he have a heart condition before this? Did he always eat so poorly? How do we know this guy wouldn't have suffered a heart attack munching on celery and tofu?"

Some talked about the economics of eating in America.

gene grossman: "The fact that this restaurant allows people over 350 pounds to eat free reinforces a late-night comedian, who joked that the United States is only country in the world where even poor people are fat ... and now the fat-and-poor have a new place to feed themselves when they get 86'd from Home Town Buffet. I also have a feeling that the reason an ambulance reached the restaurant so fast is because the proprietor must have 911 on his speed-dial. This place should have regular emergency 'gurney drills,' so that everyone knows exactly what to do whenever a customer goes down."

VinnyD: "You understand poor people are overweight because they buy the cheapest food and not the healthiest. Look on the back of a box from a frozen dinner or nutrition information from gas station food and you will see what I am talking about."

Maybe the name says it all ...

asdf: "The headline of this story should be: Cardiologists not shocked by 'most predictable thing ever.' "

One commenter suggested a burger diet was working for him.

Steve: "The funny thing is, I lost huge amounts of weight eating burgers everyday. Just didn't eat the bun and no ketchup (low-carb). I ate so much fat and the all the fat melted off me. I now body build on this 'unhealthy' diet. All my blood tests, BP, all signs greatly improved after my high fat diet. Now the shakes and fries they offer, those might be the real killers."

bluekhakis: "Calories in, calories out. It's a simple formula. Calories eaten – calories burned = net gain/loss. You can eat nothing but 1,500 calories of pure lard (probably not the best thing for overall body function), and if you burn 2,500 calories a day, you'll still be at a 1,000-calorie deficit. Understand that most fast food, if eaten regularly, will have a negative affect on your health. (Ever watch 'Supersize Me'?) There's nothing wrong with having a big, greasy burger every once in a while. It's called moderation, people."

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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. nom nom

    What do vegan health nuts and greasy burger gobblers have in common? In the end they both die. Live to enjoy and experience life, not just merely to live.

    February 17, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Wha???

      Well said. However, if I want to see my grandchildren, I'll watch what I eat a bit and exercise. I'd rather not be a vegan/vegetarian. I don't eat red meat every day, but I'm not surrendering steak either.

      February 17, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. patcee

    Dying is not the worst of it. Eating the wrong food and being obese can lead to heart conditions and strokes that don't kill you, but leave you unable to enjoy life. I am more afraid of living the life of an invalid and it is entirely possible if you weigh 350 pounds and keep eating enormous amounts of unhealthy food.

    February 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. the facts.

    Everything is bad for you. Cigarettes, food, hell even walking. Point is, people die. Yes, its sad losing a loved one, but no amount of restraint will prevent the inevitable. Enjoy life and everything it has to offer.

    February 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gildardo Barajas

    It's all about the mentality. Train your brain and all else should fall into place. What ever place you wan to be in though whether it be a healthy place or unhealthey place. It's up to you though.

    February 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
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    March 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
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    April 29, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
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