Tuesday, March 09, 2004  

An Unhappy Meal



Has everyone heard about Morgan Spurlock's recent documentary, SuperSize Me: A Film of Epic Proportions? It was a huge hit at Sundance and should be released in theaters this May.

The idea for the film came from Spurlock seeing a news item about two teenage girls in New York suing McDonald's for making them obese (I remember this) and McDonald's response that their food was nutritious and good for people. Spurlock wondered how true that was and then committed himself to a month of eating McDonald's food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The thirty day plan included three simple rules:

1) No options: he could only eat what was available over the counter (water included)
2) No supersizing unless offered
3) No excuses: he had to eat every item on the menu at least once (bleah. I would rather eat my arm than try a McRib)

Over the course of 30 days, Spurlock gained 25 pounds and his chloresterol went up 65 points. He was monitored by three doctors during the experiment and after week three they were advising him to stop in fear of severe damage to his health. His liver was showing early signs of cirrhosis and his body was basically just breaking down due to the high content of sugar, salt and fat. After only a few days of the diet he was throwing up, suffering from severe headaches and depression.

Holy crap.

I am dying to see this film when it is released but just reading the articles about it has been enough to turn me off McDonald's or any other type of fast food. I'm sure this isn't a permanent feeling (McDonald's does have the best fries after all) but man, how scary.

Spurlock says that the goal of his film was not to attack McDonald's but rather to make people think about what they put in their mouth.

"So the next time you do go into a fast-food restaurant and they say, 'Would you like to upsize that?' you think about it and say, 'Maybe I won't. Maybe I'll stick with the medium this time.'"

Indeed.

| posted by Mary | 3/09/2004 03:56:00 PM
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