Super Size Me

In Super Size Me, director Morgan Spurlock takes a hilarious and often terrifying look at the effects of fast food on the human body, using himself as the proverbial guinea pig. For one month, Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald’s fare. Spurlock offers a very genuine look into several controversial issues, and a touch of humor helps it go down easier than a vanilla milkshake. He examines the obesity dilemma in the US, problems in the United States public school system, and corporate greed and neglect. A hilarious slap-stick tragicomedy about a hipster doofus who concocts a wacky scheme to eat only McDonald’s in order to escape his ball-busting girlfriend and the vegan gruel she forces him to eat. Typical scene: Spurlock goes to McDonalds, eats way too much and then moans “ohhh, I don’t feel so good!” A true master of physical comedy! Spurlock also decides to not exercise in order to emulate the kind of pathetic craven trash that would populate such a hideous place as Micky Dee’s. Makes you think, doesn’t it? It’s really entertaining, and Morgan Spurlock is astonishingly objective in his attitudes toward fast food. For a seriously informative look at the evils of fast food chains, read Fast Food Nation. But for a fun 90 minutes that effectively condenses much of FFN into delicious nugget-sized portions (with very little reading required), you can’t beat this movie. I’m tired of hearing how “everyone knows fast food is bad for you.” I think “bad for you” is like this abstract term to most people, like “ooh, it’s naughty. I’ve been a bad boy.” No, it’s non-nutritive, disease-producing (albeit tasty) crap that far too many people, especially kids, eat on a regular basis, causing massive chronic health problems that We Are All Paying For. This movie will show you exactly, specifically, how bad fast food is. While yes Spurlock chose the extreme scenario to demonstrate that fast food isn’t healthy but it isn’t too far off from what the average joe does. According to statistics Americans eat out 4-5 times a week and climbing. The average fast food meal contains 1500 calories, 50g of fat, 25g sat fat, 100g of carbs, and over 2,000mg of sodium. Daily recommended amounts are: 2,000 calories, 130g of carbs, 65g of fat, 20g of sat fat, 2,400mg of sodium over 3 meals and 1-2 snacks. In these areas alone this one meal covers in essence ones whole day’s intake with still two meals to account for. Not to mention not counting an unknown high amount of cholesterol and toxic additives and preservatives. Like the doctors comments to “When should you eat fast food?” “Never” is good advice. But then that is just the beginning of eating healthier. My doctor recommends not eating anything prepackaged/preprocessed from the grocery store either since they too contain far too much calories and sodium and sometimes fat and/or saturated fat and carbs. I loved how much fun and enjoyment Spurlock got out of this experiment he was like a big kid for most of the movie. For a while. Until his health becomes an issue. I also loved that all his doctors thought that his experiment wouldn’t really do much harm. Open your eyes everyone! If you eat McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Burger King, Wendys, Carls Jr, Popeyes, Jack In The Box, Dairy Queen, Arbys, Sonic, Little Caesars, Krispy Kreme, etc, even if it is occasionally, you are extremely increasing your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, heart attack, heart disease, stroke, and other debilitating diseases unnecessarily by doing so!!! That’s what he is saying in this film and he is 100% correct! McDonald’s claims that the removal of its “Super Size” option at all locations less than six weeks after this film’s release was a coincidence, but it’s a claim that’s pretty hard to believe. Following the success of Super Size Me, the company began posting nutrition information for its food and began including healthier alternatives on their menus, as well as completely revamping its Happy Meals. Documentary 2004 PG-13 98 minutes.



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