McDonald's food lovers will soon be able to deliver their order directly to their home, but health experts have warned about the risk of obesity.
The fast food giant announced the launch of its new home delivery service in Ireland on Thursday.
The McDelivery service will be available in Dublin, Galway and Cork in collaboration with UberEats.
Dr. Michelle Queally, a health economist at NUI Galway, said: "Research suggests that proximity and access to fast food significantly increase the risk of obesity.
"A possible explanation is that proximity to fast food reduces fast food costs, mainly travel costs.
"A second explanation is that easier access to fast food tries consumers who have self-control problems."
Dr. Queally has said that it remains to be seen whether the new McDonald delivery service will generate an increase in the consumption of junk food and drinks and a subsequent increase in the level of obesity.
She said that with the overwhelming amount of options available both in food and drinks, it is "unrealistic to expect the temptations to be avoided daily."
She said: "As always, education and education can play a role in the obesity crisis in Ireland and help guide parents and young people to healthier options that support their physical and mental development.
"Fast food is high in non-saline fats, salt and sugar, which contributes to obesity and has risen to BP and has been associated positively with the obesity epidemic due to its increasing availability, energy density and large portions."
And the service will be available to anyone within 1.5 miles of participating McDonalds Irish restaurants.
So far McDelivery is available in eight locations in Dublin, five locations in Cork and three in Galway.
Customers may request the use of the UberEats application from 8 a.m. to 24 p.m., seven days a week.
Peadar Golden, head of UberEats in Ireland, said: "Our application means that people can now have good food with the touch of a button delivered to their home or office.
"With UberEats you can follow the progress of your delivery, check your email arriving on a live map and paying with your account, without any changes."
Customers will be able to track delivery progress, including updates on the preparation of your request and see that your delivery driver arrives live on the application.
Sarah Carter, Chief Operating Officer for McDonalds for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, said: "We are pleased to present McDelivery's service to Ireland, after months of planning and many questions from McDonald's lovers. We can Finally, reveal the moment has come, offering a new level of comfort for our loyal customers. "
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