Super Size Me:

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Introduction:

Created in 2004 Super Size Me is an American documentary directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an independent filmmaker. The film follows Spurlock’s 30-day endeavor from February 1 to March 2, 2003 in which he eats only McDonald’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The film documents the effects that the McDonald’s lifestyle had on Spurlock’s physical and psychological health, while also exploring effects that corporations have on the fast food industry. As the film begins Spurlock is in great physical condition, and is seen by three doctors, a personal trainer, and nutritionist all of whom said that the “Mcdiet” would have drastic effects on his body.

The Experiment:

The experiment had specific rules. First he had to fully eat three McDonald’s meals per day. Second, he had to consume every item on the McDonald’s menu. Third, he had to Super Size the meal when offered, but only when offered. And fourth, he wanted to attempt to walk about as much as a typical U.S. citizen would. The experiment started off strong, but after day 5 Spurlock gained a whopping 9.5 pounds. Additionally, Spurlock started experiencing depression, lethargy, and headaches that would only be relieved by eating more McDonalds. In his next weigh-in he gained an additionally 8 pounds, and at the end of the month weighed about 210 pounds, a 24-pound increase. Later in the month, Spurlock has heart palpitations, and his doctor advises him to stop what he is doing to avoid any serious health problems. Spurlock doesn’t adhere to the warning and continues, finally achieving the 30-day goal on March 2, 2003.

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The Outcome:

In the 30-day experiment he was forced to supersize 9 times, his doctors saw a distinguishable decrease in his health, and in that 30 days he consumed McDonald’s as much as the normal person eats in 8 years. After the experiment it took Spurlock 5 months to lose 20 pounds and another 9 months to lose the last 4.5 pounds. The documentary struck cords with many throughout America. Spurlock’s experiment helps provide solid reasoning on how unhealthy McDonalds actually is. Yes, it is ok to eat McDonald’s, but to what extent. Obesity is on the rise in the United States, and like I mentioned in Fast Food nation and Food Inc. the products being sold and used are causing serious health problems for consumers. McDonald’s is a significant player in this and Spurlock shows it in this documentary.