A Victorian man who is halfway through a challenge to eat a KFC Zingerbox every day for 100 days has revealed the impact it’s had on him.
Seamus Murphy, a carpenter from Phillip Island, told 7NEWS.com.au he is undertaking the challenge to raise awareness and money for men’s mental health.
He is documenting his efforts on social media after joining with a mate who was doing the “Mullets for Mental Health” challenge to raise money for the Black Dog Institute.
“It started off as a couple of Zingers,” Murphy said.
“I did it on Snapchat, just with my mates.
“I did one on Instagram and then a couple of friends were like, ‘You’ve got to get it in Tiktok’.
“Regardless, I was happy to have a couple of the boys have a laugh, or what not.
“But it’s taken off a little bit – a bit more than I expected, but that’s alright.”
The mental health issue is close to Murphy’s heart, with two young men he knows taking their own lives this year.
‘It’s really important to let blokes know there is support.’
“I thought it’s really important to let blokes know there is support out there,” he said.
“It could be one bloke who sends one message which could really help.
“You can come to your mates.
“They won’t think less of you.
“If you do come forward with these issues, people will respect you more.
“They sort of as see you as a closer friend, if you talk about these things.”
Murphy admits reaction to his challenge has been mixed, with a number of people raising concern about the impacts on his health.
A Zingerbox comprises a Zinger burger, chips, soft drink, Wicked Wings and potato and gravy.
It contains 4865 kilojoules, which is more than half the recommended daily intake for the average healthy Australian male.
Some people have compared his efforts to American documentarian Morgan Spurlock, whose health declined when he ate only McDonald’s every day for a month for the 2004 film Super Size Me.
Murphy said he has only gained a small amount of weight from the endeavour so far.
“The blokes similar age to me all get around it and are pretty supportive,” he said.
“And then you get the people worried about health and health risks.
“I’m not worried.
“The Zingerbox is only the really bad meal I eat throughout the day.
“I have like a keto diet at home. Last night I had salmon and steamed veggies.
“It’s not like I’m eating absolute garbage 24/7.”