Super Size Me

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While examining the influence of the fast food industry, Morgan Spurlock personally explores the consequences on his health of a diet of solely McDonald's food for one month. Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, came up with a great hook for his debut as a documentary filmmaker. His experiment, to eat nothing but three McDonalds meals a day every day for 30 consecutive days, provides an entertaining and occasionally disturbing narrative thread that allows for informative and engaging tangents about American culture’s disturbing trend toward obesity. Though the prose in his voice-overs occasionally reveals Spurlock’s amateurism, the editing and the quality of his interviews more than make up for it. Spurlock has absorbed the work of Michael Moore and manages to achieve the same intricate balance between laughter, shock, and information that makes Moore’s films entertaining, although Spurlock is without any righteous anger. The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effects 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. During the filming, Spurlock dined at McDonald's restaurants three times per day, sampling every item on the chain's menu at least once. He consumed an average of 5,000 calories (the equivalent of 9.26 Big Macs) per day during the experiment. In February 2005, Super Size Me Educationally Enhanced DVD edition was released. It is an edited version of the film designed to be integrated into a high school health curriculum. MSNBC has also broadcast an hour long version of the film, in addition to the regular version.

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  • Ford

    Vegetarian diet? How in the name of fuck is eating fish a vegetarian diet you absolute imbecile. If you include fish or any seafood in in your diet you have no right to call yourself a vegetarian and look down from your pedestal. From now on you shall refer to yourself as a pescatarian.

  • Yusiley S

    I  eat at fast food places, but due to my vegetarian diet I avoid eating the red meat and chicken. I just stick to the fish, salads, Oreo McFlurry, McCafe, Carmael Mocha using fat free milk (has more calcium than regular milk) and fries... I order mostly are the fries and Oreo McFlurry. :) I have lower blood pressure and my sugar level is really low too... shocking since I'm a dessert person. O_o I think it's because I balance everything out with eating veggies more than anything else and limit my caloric in-take to just below 1300 a day (due to my small stature and body frame). People are so mistaken if everyone needs to be eating 2000 cals a day. I eat that amount and I gain ten pounds, if I ate as much as what Spurlock has I would gain 40. BTW his math is off. He isn't 5000 cals a day,... more like 3000 or 3500 cals a day... anyways 3000 cals of anything would make you fat. I do like this doc through. Very witty and entertaining. I love the two black gentlemen who stated that after eating McDonald's one ought to go "hit the gym". I simply just walk it off... and its free. :) Same idea though. You just eat what you know you will burn off. That's why I became a vegetarian. I don't need that extra fat that meat has to live. As for protein that's what broccoli, beans and spirulina are for. Plus I have yet to met an obese vegetarian. BTW his girlfriend freaks me out... she is a bit overzealous and pompous to me.

  • Arlene M.

    why are all comments said three times each? lol

  • Marius Matei80

    for the first time im happy i live in Romainia, but even if i was living in America i wouldn't eat that shit. maybe you think some think that were a 3rd world country, but i knew from 5th grade what a calorie is and i was counting them since 7th since i started bodybuilding:)

  • Kraftygirl95

    2 days after i saw this video i ate at mcdonalds it didnt bother me at all

  • Kraftygirl95

    2 days after i saw this video i ate at mcdonalds it didnt bother me at all

  • champion

    he is gifted with eating Mcdonalds

  • Draven Lust

    McDonalds doing away with supersize options and and adding the go active meal was not because of this film? Bullll shit lmao. People don't eat fast food it's bad for ya

  • Kate

    The UK is as bad as America, I hear 1/4 people in UK are obese.

    But sueing McDonnalds for being obese is a bit daft, I love Mcdonnalds. But I don't eat it everyday! and I'm not obese! Everything is dangerous when consumed in unreasonable amounts.

  • Ziggy

    Wow. He seemed extremely sick near the end.

  • man of the land

    cholesterol is 140!!! after 20,000 big macs???? how is tht possible?

  • hiyafriends

    this is crazy. I died laughing when i saw the guy throwing up. hilarious. he looked really sick. grosss....

  • Mitsuko

    Oh my GOD ! I no longer eat the mc'donald's food . when I watched this movie I began to sicken. now I know how much toxic stuff is in the goddamn food. MCDONALDS SUCKS ! if we quit every snack bar, and have not frozen, good , not MCdonald's food , we can feed all the Africa . YAKIES ! [ sorry for my english ]

  • lol

    lol a eating mcdonalds as i wtch this lol

  • Arizona Charlies

    they have changed the menu and the food after this. but still, i don recommend going there.

  • I never knew McDonalds was that bad. I just knew it gave me a stomach ache.

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