Super Size Me
Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003 during which he eats only McDonald's food. The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effect on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit. Spurlock dined at McDonald's restaurants three times per day, eating every item on the chain's menu. Spurlock consumed an average of 20.92 megajoules or 5,000 kcal (the equivalent of 9.26 Big Macs) per day during the experiment. As a result, the then-32-year-old Spurlock gained 24½ lbs. (11.1 kg), a 13% body mass increase, a cholesterol level of 230, and experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and fat accumulation in his liver. It took Spurlock fourteen months to lose the weight gained from his experiment using a vegan diet supervised by his future wife, a chef who specializes in gourmet vegan dishes. The reason for Spurlock's investigation was the increasing spread of obesity throughout U.S. society, which the
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Made me crave mcdonalds... It is good and eyeopening but not all it was cracked up to be.November 3rd, 2011 · Details
This was eye opening. I don't think I ever want to eat at McDonald's again. Makes you think twice about eating any fast food at all.July 23rd, 2011 · Details
It seems both ironic and appropriate that some audience members watching "Super Size Me" will be indulging in products the film rails against.
The irony probably won't be lost on most viewers for long that is, if they're receptive to or open-minded about this cautionary documentary. Maybe some will even change their dietary habits.
For those concerned that the movie is too one-sided, yes, "Super Size Me" is very critical of fast-food chains. But filmmaker Morgan Spurlock at least tries to let the fast-food industry defend itself, though not many outlets comment or respond to his criticisms.
"Super Size Me" finds Spurlock examining the health effects of a strictly fast-food diet. To the horror of his vegan chef girlfriend, he decides to be his own test subject by eating nothing but menu items from McDonald's for 30 days. The normally svelte Spurlock will have to stick to normal-size portions, unless the "Super Size"
option is first offered by the restaurant, and he is to get as little exercise as possible.
Not too surprisingly, Spurlock quickly gains weight 10 pounds in the first five days of a diet he describes as "every 8-year-old's dream." But even the doctors he consults (including a cardiologist) are surprised by how ill he becomes when his triglyceride levels soar.
Spurlock is considerably more charismatic and more endearing than documentarian Michael Moore, to whom he's already been compared. And as narrator and subject, he has considerable screen presence.
"Super Size Me" is rated R for occasional use of strong sexual profanity, crude references to sexual and other bodily functions, drug content (hypodermic injections and talk of prescription usage), brief partial male nudity, and brief gore (surgical). Running time: 98 minutes.
August 24th, 2004 · Details