Better Late Than Never
3/29/2009 - Michele Moore
I may be the only person on the planet who had not seen the film, "Super Size Me," but I somehow doubt it. If you've never seen it, you don't have to rent it; you can go to www.hulu.com, click on "movies," find it there, and watch it in its entirety.
This is a film written and directed by Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock embarked on an experiment. For 30 days, everything he ate came from McDonalds. He had certain rules, for instance, he had to try everything on the menu at least once, and he could only super size his meals if the cashier asked him if he wanted to. Incidentally, in the course of a month, he was asked to super size 9 times, 5 of those times were in Texas.
Throughout the experiment, he was under the watchful eyes of 3 different physicians, a cardiologist, an internist (I believe), and a gastroenterologist. He also consulted a nutritionist regularly. In one month he gained nearly 25 pounds, and his previously picture-perfect numbers (triglycerides, cholesterol, etc.) were blown out of the water. The doctors were universally astounded by the effect eating this way had on the body, and in particular, the liver.
I was especially interested in Spurlock's look at schools and what they feed children. It is NOT astounding to me that so many kids are obese, rather that more aren't, given the messages and servings they are being presented!
While I know my writing about this issue is the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black, I cannot think that after watching this film, anyone can look at what goes into his or her body in the same way again. If you haven't seen it, it is worth the time and disgust...
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||Mary Johnston from Solon IA wrote:
Isn't this amazing? When my daughter was in junior high we spoke to the administration about all the junk--candy machines, pop machiines, candy bar fund-raisers--being promoted by the school. Their answer was that kids learn how to eat by letting them choose and experience the consequences.
||J Peak from Plymouth MI wrote:
My son had us watch Super Size Me. It was indeed an eye opener (and a mouth closer!). I eat differently because of watching that movie.
||Suzanne Caplan from PA wrote:
That movie made a big impression on me and I have felt what a grab and eat world can do. I am on the road a lot and I did that....drive through and take it to my room. It may be more expensive but these days I go to the dinning room and order something like fish and salad. I know I have food issues and fast food really aggravates them. Do you think this explains some of the behavior of another generation? Some folks act as if they are brain dead....perhaps they are.
||Mary Allan Mill from St. Petersburg FL wrote:
Remember my primary doctor telling me, "If I ever see you going into or coming out of McDonald's, you are no longer my patient?" I didn't have to see the movie...just listen to my doctor. And, yes, Suzanne I do think we are what we eat - I have a clipping from St. Pete Tmes' Sunday paper on which I am going to blog.
|| from wrote:
I haven't seen this movie, but I am convinced that most of our ills are caused by the food we eat.
||LeAnn Farley from Mt. Pleasant IA wrote:
I haven't seen this movie, but I've heard about it. Now that you have mentioned it, I am motivated to look it up. A couple of years ago I did the diet and exercise thing and lost 49 pounds. (I've gained a little bit of that back.) However, the interesting thing is that it wasn't until then that I really noticed all the bad messages about food that we are bombarded with everywhere--displays in grocery stores and convenience stores, of course, but also on TV, in magazines, snacks at the office, treats at the Christmas parties, food at social groups (playing cards, etc), and in schools! No wonder
||Jackie Reed from new york city ny wrote:
Spurlock also did a series 30 days and his wife wrote a book
After the completion of the project, it took Spurlock fourteen months to return to his normal weight of 185 pounds (84 kg). His then-girlfriend (now wife), Alexandra Jamieson, took charge of his recovery with her "detox diet," which became the basis for her book The Great American Detox Diet.
Spurlock's television project since 2005 has been 30 Days. In each episode, a person (which in some cases, is Spurlock himself) spends 30 days immersing themselves in a mode of life markedly different from their norm (being in prison, a homophobe living with a homosexual person, etc.), while Spurlock discusses the relevant social issues involved. FX began airing the show on June 15, 2005. In the premiere episode of the first season, "Minimum Wage," Spurlock and his fiancée lived for 30 days in the Bottoms neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, earning minimum wage, with no access to outside funds.
||CJ Golden from Newtown CT wrote:
I have a feeling I should see this movie. Like many of us (if not most) I can eat sparingly then go on binges.
Thankfully my children and grandchildren are all quite intelligent eaters. I should take my lessons from them.
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