Thursday, February 08, 2007

Super Size Me

We watched the docudrama Super Size Me on Tuesday night, and I was intrigued by the information that Morgan Spurlock put together about the history of fast food in America. If you haven't seen the show, Spurlock was in good health when he began the documentary (6ft2in, 180lbs) and decided that he would eat McDonald's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a whole month. Of course, no one eats that much McDonald's in real life, but the premise of Spurlock's show was to see what kind of impact this experiment would have on his body. The rules were simple: he had to eat at least one of everything on the menu once during the month, and he had to finish every bite of his meals, and he had to super size his meals when asked. The results were astonishing: he gained 25 pounds in that month & blood results showed that his cholesterol and blood sugar were through the roof, and his liver was dieing. Thoughout his documentary of his own journey, he intersperses facts about the development of fast food companies in America and what our kids are eating in the public schools. His work is really amazing, & it has really challenged me again to think about what I eat. The main point though is always the same: everything is okay in moderation, but our nation struggles with doing anything in moderation because of our addictive tendencies and our cultures' wealth of available resources for us to splurge on. Another good reminder to eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. After typing this review, I'm feeling guilty again - I'm going to eat a salad and walk on the treadmill.

2 comments:

Brent said...

That was a very good MOVIE. Not just the information...but HOW it was done. Some of his looks when asked to super size the meal and how exaggerated his responses were, his girlfriend's reaction, not to mention the scene where he left McDonald's fries and homemade fries in the glass containers...

Dionne said...

After the experiment with the fries, Kurt and I could not eat fries for several months. But just like everything else, the effect of that movie eventually wore off and we began eating junk once again! Maybe we will rent it again, just as a reminder!