Super Size Me

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  • Unscientific but still has merits
    I am very interested in the impact of McDonald's food on human health for a variety of reasons. For the purposes of scientific inquiry, Morgan Spurlock didn't do the job of illuminating the effects of McDonald's as well as he could have. He threw variables in the mix that could have caused his resulting adverse health effects, like drastically cutting his activity level and doubling his caloric intake per day.

    I would liked to have seen the outcome of an exclusively McDonald's diet if Spurlock had continued his normal daily activity level, and not engaged in the binging he forced on himself (the "Supersized" meals.) I realize the movie would not have been as dramatic if he had incurred only modest increases in weight, cholesterol and liver-stress indicators. But it would have been more interesting to the nutritionally-curious and more valid as a scientific study.

    A remarkable note at the end of the film is that the "Big Mac guy," who eats hundreds of them a year, only has a cholesterol level of 140. That is an exceptionally low level! Spurlocks' cholesterol went up during his experiment, most likely due to the quantity of trans fats he was consuming. These are present in high levels in McDonald's fried foods like French fries and chicken nuggets.

    I am not advocating eating Big Macs or other hamburgers every day, but they are probably the most benign foods on McDonald's menus. Dietary cholesterol, like that in red meat, is not the villain it is presented to be. Actually it is trans fats which cause so much cardiovascular harm. The McDonald's foods cooked in trans fats increase triglycerides, lead to increases in bad cholesterol and the lowering of good cholesterol, and contribute to artery hardening. In addition to the trans fats in their fries and chicken nuggets, there are unhealthy fats in McDonald's breakfast foods: the biscuits, hotcakes and the liquid margarines they use to cook in.

    Another misleading aspect of the film is that they showed large bags of sugar for shock effect, indicating what Spurlock was consuming these. Don't the filmmakers and featured dieticians in the film know that cane sugar is a rare ingredient in processed food these days? High fructose corn syrup is the sweetener in McDonald's sodas, ice-cream, and sweetened pastries. Studies show that high fructose corn syrup is very damaging to the liver, and causes insulin resistance, much more so than cane or beet sugar.

    Declines in Spurlock's health over the month span were most likely caused by lack of exercise, a dramatic increase in calorie consumption, as well as eating a diet high in trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. But we will never know which of those is the bigger factor from this experiment.

    The film is very entertaining and also contains good information about the grocery industry lobby, overly-processed school lunches and the increase in obesity in the U.S. What Spurlock didn't touch on, and a big factor in the obesity trend, is that people are so rushed that they don't have time to cook. U.S economic productivity has gone way up since his childhood in the 1960s-70s. (Wages have stagnated at the same time.) People are working more hours, they are more rushed than ever and our bodies are paying a price.

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  • A MUST Watch for Everyone!
    Its time for us Americans to take responsibility for our actions, especially what we put in our mouths and how it affects our bodies. THis movie will make you think twice about what you eat and definitely makes its point. Let's take care of our bodies and live healthy, its the only one we have....more info
  • I've watched this countless times and I think it's great!
    This is a good documentary-type film and I've already seen it more than a few times. I have to say though, despite all the warnings about fast food, will the average person really listen? I would like to believe that it is true, but common sense tells me otherwise. This country is full of people who just don't care, really; if most people you know do some sort of drug, whether it's smoking, drinking (including coffee) or anything harder, then why would an average person care about the fat and sugar in fast food? Also, it's very disconcerting to note the average attitude about fatty meats -- most men don't want to give that sort of thing up, it's part of the machismo image thing, and very self-centred. What these men and women who don't care don't want to admit though, is that's why there is so much disease! If people didn't eat this way then we wouldn't have to worry as much about horrid diseases. As a vegetarian, I promote kindness towards animals AND people, although the latter frustrate me to no avail to be honest, and I know for a fact that average people have a hostile attitude towards vegetarians and our way of life. It is as if they suffer from a lack of conscience, not only towards animals, but towards themselves and other human beings. Let me just say this: the more you resist a healthier eating lifestyle, the more disease and the ecosystem will continue to ravage; if this doesn't register with you, then perhaps you are one of those people who should have died out long ago according to Darwinian theory. If you look at it this way, this IS exactly what happens to people who eat too much junk in the end, or abuse their bodies with any sort of drug. Seems like justice is served in the end somehow. Self-destruction will find you out sooner or later....more info
  • Super Size Me
    The DVD condition was perfect; the film was a documentary about fast-food restaurants. I watched the first few minutes and that was all I could stand. Guess it's good to wake folks up to the damages fast food can do to the body....more info
  • Good, sometimes manipulative
    Manipulative documentary in the vein of the Michael Moore pieces. Sure it has a noble mission, but beyond offering factoids about nutrition and the guy's 30-day weight gain experiment and the type of crap corporate America offering people to eat (nobody is forcing people to eat fries from the caf every day, but how many people really take bagged lunches to work?) it doesn't offer too much. Naturally, the documentary maker's vegetarian girlfriend is given screen time to preach about how wrong it is to eat junk food.

    Taking the moral high ground - check. Throwing up after eating a huge fast food meal - check. Waiting it out until a corporate spokesman says something embarassing, then capitalising on the soundbite - check. Giving the impression of impartiality by showing a guy who eats a Big Mac every day (without fries) but is not overweight or suffering from poor nutrition - check.

    Of course he deals briefly with the stupidity of people who are overweight and still eat regularly at these kinds of places, but it would have been more interesting to me if the whole movie had focussed on this. Now THAT would have been a funny "documentary."...more info
  • After a while it was just making me hungry for "McDonald's"
    I think that the guy who made this movie was trying to be like Micheal Moore in that he was trying to bring down "McDonald's" in a very sensationalist and dramatic way. I think that a 20 minute expose on the health value and marketing strategies of "McDonald's" would be sufficient to bring forward the points he was trying to make, but a full-length movie on the subject was too much for me. After a while it was just making me hungry for "McDonald's".

    By the way, I love "McDonald's". I understand that it is a big capitolist money-making machine that markets junk food to children. However, they do have healthy foods on the menu such as chicken salad. They also raise money for children with cancer. Every month or so I just have to fill my craving for a Big Mac, a Fish Filet or an Egg McMuffin.

    My belief in healthy eating has to with moderation. of course, as the movie makes clear, eating "McDonald's" every day is bad for your health. But I don't think there's anything wrong with taking the family out to "McDonald's" every other month or so, especially if your on a road trip.

    This is not the kind of movie that you'll want to buy and watch over and over again. I would rent it and stop at "McDonald's" on your way back to returning it. ...more info
  • Interesting film on the state of nutrition in America
    Morgan Spurlock's film is based on an experiment that uses himself as a guinea pig in which he ingests nothing but food and beverages sold by McDonald's for 30 days to see the results. Spurlock is a healthy man in his early 30's who - prior to this film - has eaten a healthy diet, maintained a healthy weight, and gotten plenty of exercise on a regular basis. He is embarking on this experiment because apparently McDonald's has made the claim that you could eat their food daily as part of a healthy diet. Spurlock's rules are he can eat nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days, he must eat three meals a day, and if asked if he wants to supersize something he must always say yes. On top of this, he simultaneously cuts back on his exercise to be something corresponding to what the average American gets. Also, though not part of his official rules, he never orders a salad or bottled water. He always goes right for the greasiest food offered. It should be obvious to anyone that this is not what McDonald's meant in their press release as Spurlock goes on a month long fast food binge. At least part of the results were not that startling to me. If you are over thirty and you do this to yourself, even for just a month, you should expect to gain a lot of weight and feel awful - which he does. He gains about ten percent of his original body weight over the month. What did surprise me was that the diet did so much damage to his internal organs so quickly. Spurlock's blood pressure shot up, he began to show signs of liver damage, and all of his blood tests frightened his doctor so much that he told him to go to the emergency room if he should begin to experience shooting pains in the middle of the night.

    Actually, Spurlock's experiment doesn't take up probably more than half the film. A large part of the documentary is spent talking about the state of nutrition in America, focusing particularly on the food served in the public schools. He visits several typical public schools in which kids can order anything they want at the cafeteria, have ready access to candy and soda via vending machines in the halls, and have greatly reduced physical education classes due to budget constraints and, although not mentioned, quite probably the greater emphasis on teaching to the standardized tests that students have to take in most states that takes up a great deal of school time. For contrast, Spurlock visits a school in Wisconsin for troubled kids in which organic food is served and notes that the behavior problems in these children is vastly reduced, most likely the result of this diet. This part of the film really made me think. I'm almost fifty, and when I was a child in public school we had to eat a balanced diet if we ordered one from the cafeteria, had limited access to desserts, and had no vending machines. There were no soft drinks served at lunch - only milk, iced tea, and water. Finally, we had daily P.E. classes in which we all had a period of mandatory calisthenics. I also remember that obese children were a rarity, and now if you look around they seem to be everywhere. Spurlock doesn't limit himself to examining the health habits of children, though. He also points out how the portion sizes in restaurants have grown tremendously and so have the waistlines of adults. Spurlock does come across one very interesting human oddity of an exception that proves the rule. This fellow has been eating an average of three Big Macs a day for years, is obviously in at least his late 30's or maybe even 40's, and is as thin as a rail. I'd love to find out if this behavior ever catches up with him.

    Basically, Spurlock's experiment on himself is used as a kind of Frankenstein horror tale to hold your interest while he talks about the crisis brewing in America from a combination of bad eating habits and greatly reduced physical activity. He doesn't seem to have any answers, though. People have to work longer hours to pay the bills, giving little time for exercise and home-cooked meals, and public education budgets have gotten tighter. The high price of housing has meant people with families live further from the center of cities in order to find affordable homes in safe neighborhoods and thus spend more time in traffic and less time walking. Since Spurlock himself is living the life of a single guy in New York City with no family pressures and can walk to the office every day, he would probably have a difficult job seeing that for many people just recognizing this problem isn't enough to solve it. However, it is a start....more info
  • No more fast-food!
    This is a real eye opening film into the unhealthy world of fast-food! Everyone should see it!!...more info
  • Super Size Me
    Notwithstanding a veiled reference to reduced sexual function as a result of this lethal diet, the film is a timely and appropriate object lesson for us all, and most especially, for our kids. Spurlock's clever side commentaries on McDonald's history and the problem of obesity in America are every bit as informative and alarming as the daily spectacle of watching him pack on pounds and come dangerously close to liver failure. "Supersize Me" is never preachy and doesn't have to be: Spurlock's transformation speaks volumes in itself....more info
  • McBulls**t
    It is a well-shared belief among doctors and health professionals that a glass of red wine a day is good for your body. So for the next thirty days I am going to replace all my fluid intake (water, etc...) with red wine. What do you think will happen after thirty days? If I live to tell about it then I will, with shot liver in hand, document it and try to bring down the beer and wine industry because, obviously, the problems I suffered are their fault.
    Why do Americans refuse to take responsibility for ANYTHING? This is the heart of the issue at this movie. The film opens up with the explanation of a lawsuit that two young women brought against McDonalds. The claims they made were straight out of a "get rich quick the American way and sue somebody" handbook. That, to me, was truly what the film was about.
    Morgan Spurlock, the head "actor" and spin doctor, interviews a French woman on the street who explains that France's large McDonald's portions is America's small and when asked if McDonalds should be sued she said no but that is the American way. Truer words have never been spoken. Just like Michael Moore, Spurlock proceeds to croon "it's not your fault it;s the big bad corporations' fault. They're evil and your'e a victim." The only reason I gave the film one star is that I think he hit the mark when attacking school food industry. Children attend health class which attempts to teach healthy lifestyles at the same time that the school cafeteria is selling food dogs would scoff at. Food that is terribly unhealthy and to wash it all down you can purchase your soda pop too. I am not attacking the soda industry because, like McDonalds, everything in moderation. But when you are a parent and you are required to send your kids to school then you should at least expect the government to feed them properly (I know, I know, please don't laugh). I went to school in Broward County, Florida which is one of the largest school districts in the country and guess what their second largest source of income was/is... a contract with Pepsi Co. The largest source of income is taxes.
    So lets keep the focus on people eighteen and up. Another claim that Spurlock and his lawyer buddy make, Oh yeah, that's right, I forgot to mention that he's doing this in conjunction with an attorney who is famous for suing large corporations, is how can we expect people to take responsibility for themselves when they are not given the right tools referring to the lack of posted nutrition facts in many McDonalds restaurants. I don't know about you but I don't like being called stupid and I don't need some lawyer representing me as such. You mean to tell me that Mcdonalds is at fault because they don't tell me, the customer, that a 2 liter of Coke, a half pound of fried potatoes, half pound of fried beef, and a chocolate sundae are unhealthy?!?!?! Is this where we are at as far as intelligence in this country? I don't think so. I feel that if you ask any person above the age of six they would easily recognize that these things are not healthy. So if you choose to consume these things than who's fault is it really? Break the trend of the Morgan Spurlocks and the Michael Moores and THINK ABOUT IT!

    My summation for why this movie is McBulls**t is this: I am a person of size and when I was younger I went in front of a mirror, looked at myself, closed my eyes, and let it all out. I blamed McDonalds, KFC, my parents, everyone. I opened my eyes and I was still standing there, in front of the mirror and still fat. So I decided I was going to change my life and I went on to lose over forty pounds. I have since gained it back but you see where I am going with this. Blaming other people for your problems doesn't do anybody any good. It's up to you to make the right choices and that is one of the few freedoms we still have. Exercise it. ...more info
  • An, er, revelation
    In which we learn that fast food, when consumed excessively and for long periods of time, can cause some health problems. ...more info
  • Makes me feel better about myself
    As someone who is slightly overweight nothing makes me feel better about myself than watching footage of severly overweight people shoving french fries down their fat faces. Whenever I'm upset because I'm 10 lbs. overweight I like to see morbidly obese people who need to lose 200 lbs. and suddenly I don't feel so bad. Why shucks, I look like Brad Pitt when you compare me to those chubby little meat-sacks with their double chins and neck rolls singing the McDonalds song during the opening credits.

    Thank you Morgan Spurlock, thank you for reminding me that no matter how out of shape I get there will always be some porker rolling through the drive-thru of a McDonalds somewhere to order his Big Mac with cheese and extra mayo who will always make me look trim and sexy by comparison....more info
  • Mc Donalds
    I will never eat Mc Donalds again. This is not a slick film, but it is real and shows the ups and downs of this type of project. It is clear that anyone who eats this type of food for every meal is a nutter. What about a sequel though run over the course of a year? On second thoughts don't, I don't want someone's death on my conscience....more info
  • This is a keen critique of a society growing fat over it's own shortcomings, and a must see.
    All the people giving it bad reviews just could go past the curtain of the guy living of MacDonald's. If you can go beyond that, you will see the sad state (of health) of a society (the whole western world by now) that has thrived on following mega corporations that could care less if you die of a heart attack as long as they can rip that $3.75 of your pocket.

    It was staggering for me to learn that MacDonald's acknowledges that they are selling products that are detrimental to health, and the government does nothing about it....more info
  • Super Size Me DVD
    When I received this movie, my oldest son and I watched the Super Size Me movie and it was terrific. We now understand how fast food affects our bodies and how really bad it is for us. After watching this, we no longer eat at ANY fast food restaurants. We value our bodies and what goes in them. I want to say thank you for making this movie, it needed to be brought to everyone's attention....more info
  • You're missing the point
    All the naysayers are missing the point. Let me address each critique:

    1) Who would be so stupid to believe that eating McDonald for a month is not unhealthy for you?

    McDonald it seems. The reason for making this movie was the judge claiming that there was no proof that McDonald food (or food in general) could cause any physical problem. Besides McDonald worked hard to censore an article that suggested to limit McDonald foods.

    2) Is this some sort of revelation? Are we supposed to be shocked that Mr. Spurlock gains weight and doesn't feel well after the month is over?

    Apparently so, since McDonald and a judge declared there's no evidence food can make this to you. Hence the reason for making the movie.
    Most of the value of the movie is not in the McDonald attack but in showing people that indeed you can cause your depression, weakness, tiredness, apathy, mood swings, irritability, migraine and much more with foods. Many people believe it's impossible for a wrong diet to cause problems and whenever they feel sick or chronically sick they blame genes or germs and gulp down pills. Not many believe that what you eat can make such a difference in your life and hence this movie is a real eye-opener.

    My mother depression was caused by her diet. Once she started eating smaller portions, more often, an healthy protein and an healthy carb, healthy fats and dropped the sweets and sugars and processed food her diagnosed manic-depressive-compulsive depression disappeared completely. But she just laughed at me when I suggested that the way she ate was causing her sickness ... until she saw this movie and made the choice to change her diet.

    The most important scene in the movie is the way school students on an healthier diet feel and function. No one can deny the eye-opening effect of such clearly explained information.

    3) No one is forcing people to eat at McDonald, it's their choice!

    An important aspect of the movie is how McDonald food is addictive for the brain causing dependency at which point it becomes a drive you have no control upon. If you miss your dose you feel sick. So people might say "I will just have one" but they found out they can't control their impulses to have more. Such effect (expecially from sugar rich foods) has been demonstrated on the medical literature.

    4) Exercise makes the difference.

    There's no way exercising can bypass the damage caused by a wrong diet.
    If you knew someone who ate lot of McDonald and exercised and was healthy and slim it just means you were dealing with a fast-metabolizer probably young person who had a system strong enough to deal with such massive junk overload and nutritional deficiencies. Eventually comes the last straw that breaks the camel's back and from there it's all downhill. Besides being in high school and slim and exercising doesn't mean being healthy. A lot of people call themselves healthy but suffer from a lot of food-related issues like mood-swings, tiredness, indigestion, stomachace, chronic headache, nausea and so on.

    5) They could choose healthier foods when eating at McDonald

    Another important aspect of the movie is how the healthier alternatives are not that healthier but filled with hidden fats or extra sugars. Even the salad are not that healthier.

    Going back to point two it is easy to see that many people might be mislead to eat McDonald foods ignoring it causes neuroendocrinological dependence and believing to be safe by choosing the healthier options.
    Hence it's right to consider them victims of misinformation, misleading compaigns and poor food quality. If we can agree on this we can agree that this movie is indeed useful.

    I have bought this movie to show it to as many people as possible, not to demonstrate that McDonald is unhealthy but that food can indeed makes the difference between health or sickness, between feeling radiant or feeling miserable....more info
  • Eye Opening
    This movie is completely eye opening to how horrible fast food in general really is. It is must see for all Americans and people around the world. I mean really guys, this obesity stuff is really getting nasty and needs to be fixed, immediately. After watching this movie, I haven't even gone to a fast food restaurant. ...more info
  • Super Size Me, Indeed.
    My wife and I watched the "Super Size Me" DVD last night. It was the third time we watched it and we enjoyed it very much. Let's face it, Fast Food is a major facet of the American Culture. It's everywhere. Within five miles of our house there are "McDonalds" (2), "Jack in the Box"(3), "Karl's Jr." (2), "Wendy's"(2), "Rubio's," "Burger King," "Arby's," "El Polo Loco," "Taco Bell," "KFC," "Subway"(4) and about a half-dozen local Mexican Taco Shops. No matter what road you take, there's fast food readily available. Yum. Some of it is actually quite good and I confess to eating at some of the places now and then. My personal favorites are "El Polo Loco," "Subway" and a couple of the Mexican Taco Shops. Actually, if you know what you're doing, you can get a reasonably healthful meal. And, of course, it's real fast and oh so convenient. The trick is that you shouldn't do it too often. Did I mention that it's real fast and convenient? Did I mention that some of the items are rather good and tasty? Did I mention that the food is so easily available and inexpensive?

    The problem is, as I see it, most people have no idea what they're doing. The nutritional knowledge of the average American is practically nil. They select almost exclusively on taste and they are greatly swayed by the ubiquitous advertising. Furthermore, they're always rushed and need something that can be grabbed and consumed quickly. If you're such a person, and that's most of us, you probably aren't paying real close attention and you're going to end up with food that is very high in fat, sugars and sodium, none of which are particularly good for you, and you'll be very low in vitamins and fiber. The next question might be, How often do you do this? Once a month? Once a week? Every day? Almost all the time? Well, I think you're entering into a situation where you're going to be ill some of the time, much of the time or all of the time. Best of luck.

    We try to avoid fast food as much as possible and be highly selective when we indulge. It's a tough task. We almost never go into McDonald's, except for coffee which is actually quite good. Go figure. Well, "Super Size Me" picks on McDonald's and the attack is pretty devastating. It's a lot of fun, also. I love this movie. The jist of it is that Morgan Spurlock decides to eat exclusively at McDonald's for a month. Every day. Every meal. Even water. He is monitored by three doctors and a nutritionist and they record his progressive and dramatic deterioration. By the time he's halfway through his experiment, he's already in serious trouble with warnings from his doctors. At the end of the month, his blood pressure is high, his cholesterol is high and he's gained 24.5 pounds, among other things. It's really eye opening, and Spurlock is a fun character to watch. It's a fun movie to watch, but it's deadly serious. Let's face it, this is a film that should be required viewing for all people who indulge in fast food. We've watched several times, and every time our intake of fast foods is down dramatically over the next six months.

    Gary Peterson...more info
  • Super Size Me Movie
    I was very disappointed in this movie. It was listed as a PG movie. My son was getting it for a class project. When we got it in the mail it was a PG-13. We watched it and I couldn't believe the bad language. It also talked about sex and drugs. I couldn't believe they put it on the internet as a PG. Even as PG-13 it was very dissappointing....more info
  • Excellent
    Morgan Spurlock is everything Michael Moore pretends to be as a documentarian. I recently caught his documentary Super Size Me at a budget theater & hope the DVD will have many features. For those who don't know SSM is the best political documentary this year- far better than MM's lamentable Fahrenheit 9/11.
    Both films have baddies- W. Bush & McDonald's, both have their filmmakers as stars- MM & MS, but MS has a few things going for him that MM doesn't- 1) a penchant for being honest, 2) a message that affects all his viewers, & 3) a sense of self-deprecation. He demonstrates this by deciding to guinea pig his health in testing whether or not McDonald's fast food is really bad for you. He vows to eat nothing but McDonald's for 1 month straight.
    He starts off with a routine physical exam- which shows him to be in above average physical shape for a man I'd reckon is in his early 30s. His month-long odyssey will take him across the country, & to the brink of serious health issues. This is all documented by a cardiologist, gastroenterologist, internist, nutritionist/dietician, & physical trainer- not to mention his vegan chef girlfriend, Alexandra Jamieson, whose almost self-parodically the typical bored white girl with no better cause to be for.... All in all Super Size Me is a terrific film that entertains & enlightens. Can someone eat healthily at a McDonald's? Not really- but the point has gotten to the point that that's not really the point. The point is this can kill you as slowly & surely as cigarets, alcohol, & drug abuse. Here's hoping that MS becomes as big a name as MM, so that he will be able to tackle a varied subject palette. While MM is all windy style over substance MS shows that substance has its adherents too- you just have to remember to pass the gas.
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  • They Supersized the DVD!
    This DVD has added material, but not just non-nutritive stuffing. There's a surrealistic interview with a couple who collects McDonald's memorabilia and an introductory analysis of how a supermarket's layout is designed to sell certain foods (guess which ones).There's a consideration of the deep-fried Twinkie- a subject that scarcely belongs with food at all and a completely revolting section on composting McDonald's.
    The additions turn this into more of a complete essay on trash food, although the viewer still ends up yearning for a bit more organization and an argument more complex than 'eeeyuuu, this is gross'.
    The five stars reflect the film's groundbreaking narrative. It challenges a now-engrained folk habit by turning it into a way of life and in the process making it look more than ridiculous.
    A must-see for everyone concerned about how we eat and how the sense of taste is disappearing even as food television becomes more popular.

    Lynn Hoffman, author of New Short Course in Wine,The and the nutritious and delicious bang BANG: A Novel...more info
  • WOW!
    Fantastic documentary! Really thought-provoking and effective. Did not expect it to affect my kids so much- as young as 5-years old......more info
  • An Informed Choice
    Documentary meister, Morgan Spurlock, goes to extremes. `Super Size Me' captures what it's like to eat nothing but McDonald's food for thirty days. Sporting a set of stated rules, Spurlock`s "ridiculous diet," as his personal physician quips, jump starts a fault finding mission with the world's largest fast food retailer. Armed with testimonials, statistics, and nutritional information, Spurlock also provides counter contrasts to compare with his extreme situation. He does show that McDonald's food is appetizing, except for a couple of scenes that make us want to wretch, including one that's over the top. Nevertheless, he does try to capture a spokesperson from the franchise to talk to him, and he does admirably offer us a better bill of fare at a school cafeteria in Appleton, WI.

    The variety of aspects he approaches his topic is skillful and informative fun. Spurlock and company deserve a lot of credit. 'Super Size Me' starts and ends framed by a famous lawsuit, and although the results are mostly known, I won't spoil the results, except to say that I enjoyed the outcome. For all of us, healthy and unhealthy living is sometimes a matter of choice. Fortunately, with Morgan Spurlock, it is an informed choice. ...more info
  • Gratuitous coarseness mars an otherwise clever movie
    The problem of overweight and its related health issues is a very important topic that is often discussed, but the real effects of our society's love affair with fast food is hardly ever driven home. Super Size Me provides a visceral demonstration of these ill effects.

    Director Morgan Spurlock undertakes a challenge of supersize proportions. He will survive solely on McDonald's food for 1 month. Against the recommendation of his doctors, mother, and girlfriend, he lives the next 30 days eating McD's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If the cashier asks if he would like to, he will super size his meals.

    What follows is a medical marvel as his body condition degrades so severely that his doctors beg him to stop his experiment. He puts on almost 25 pounds, he suffers chest pains, and among other ailments his sex life drops to zero. The clear message is that fast food is bad stuff.

    In between his gorging and palpitating he presents statistics and other 'facts' to show how the fast food industry fights tooth and nail to get customers while they are young and also against government intrusion into their business. The industry is painted in a very bad light, not that you needed to be told that.

    So why the low score? The problem with this movie is evident almost from the start when Morgan throws up out his car window after downing a double quarter pounder with cheese meal, supersized. For the benefit of the viewer who would never have seen vomit before, Spurlock gets a nice long shot of the mess.

    Another instance is the stomach stapling procedure. He choreographs the surgery in all its bloody g(l)ory to the Blue Danube waltz. Nothing is spared to the imagination. The squeamish are encrouaged to stay away.

    I understand why he wants to do this. He needs to drive home the point that fast food is disgusting, but his heavy handed use of this type of grotesque imagery is a weakness rather than a benefit to the movie. The movie would have been just as powerful without this sort of thing.

    In all, the movie has some really good points to make, but he is simply not skilled enough to bring the whole picture into view in the way a more skillful propaganda-documentarist like Michael Moore is able. 3 stars....more info
  • Will open your eyes about what you eat
    Do we all know fast food isn't good for you? Of course. But we don't know just how dangerous it can be-and that one of those dangers is a drug-like addiction that will keep you coming back for more, which is exactly what the fast food companies want.

    Want to know the details? Watch this movie. But be prepared to second guess your eating habits when you do....more info
  • Great Movie To Watch At The Beginning Of A Healthier Diet But...
    Wow, this movie is a must see for people who don't know that fat is unattractive and bad for their health, McDonald's food is fattening especially if eaten in very large quantities and large corporations like McDonalds don't really care about their customers and are just out to make money! For the rest of us who were fortunate enough to all ready have this knowledge, SUPER SIZE ME really is an unnecessary movie useful perhaps,as a motivator while beginning or in the midst of a healthier eating lifestyle. The movie is very heavy handed in pounding the rather obvious point that a steady diet of McDonlds is not good. And is there a law that documentary filmmakers who are the subjects of their own films have to be insufferably smug and obnoxious? If so Morgan Spurlock fulfills this law to a nicety with some help from his vegan chef girlfriend who in a cringe inducing manner has to tell us more than we could ever want to know about her boyfriend's sex life on the Micky D diet. And though McDonald's may exploit and addict their overweight customers, Spurlock is also quite cruel to the obese with his lingering shots of their midsections and rears. Spurlock briefly discusses the problems with fast food restaurants in general but McDonalds is obviously his main target....more info
  • Decent documentary.
    When this documentary was released and received a ton of press, I thought the general storyline was rather interesting. A man, Morgan Spurlock, goes on a 30 day McDonald's-only diet and tracks his health (and weight) to determine what eating high-fat foods can do to a person. The documentary also goes into the obesity epidemic as a whole and what goes into the advertisements for different kinds of unhealthy food.

    Morgan's rules are simple; he must consume 3 meals a day at McDonald's and nowhere else, he must supersize the meal if the cashier gives him the option, and he must try every food item on the menu. I personally wouldn't think that a 30 day McDonald's diet would be extreme but apparently it is. Aside from the obvious cholesterol and liver problems Morgan experienced, he also went through some unexpected things (like depression and problems performing sexually).

    As mentioned above, Spurlock also goes into side topics and broader topics as well. From what kids eat in school to the deceiving tricks big companies play on consumers, this film covers it all. The one thing that I was left thinking after watching this documentary is "Duh!". Look, nothing in this documentary is anything new. We've been hearing about the obesity epidemic and how awful fast food joints are for your diet from various sources for YEARS. You probably won't learn anything new after watching this documentary. However, it was neat to see how eating McDonald's for 30 days can destroy your health in such a short time.

    This documentary hasn't and it probably will never convince me to stop eating McDonald's. The big guys over at McDonald's know what they're doing and they're making a ton of money doing it. Do I think they're evil for thinking more about their wallets than their consumers? Not at all. It's all about personal responsibility. If you're interested in this topic, I highly recommend "Super Size Me"....more info
  • Sweet land of liberty!!!
    I get it; as a matter of fact, we all get it, you're not supposed to eat fast food all the time. And I really don't think anyone can! Personally, I loved this movie, but I don't think it had a realistic premise. We all know fast food is a bad diet choice. Unfortunately; the hectic schedule faced by most working Americans these days has elevated the viability of the fast food diet. So it's not surprising that Mr. Spurlock got sick following McDonalds dietary lead. What was alarming though was the rate at which Mr. Spurlock's body started to deteriorate; his doctor was visibly shaken and that's scary. And although this may not be a scientific analysis, there seems to be a direct correlation between busy lives, sleep deprivation, fast food and obesity. In the end, Super Size Me is fun to watch and if you read Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser and/or watch Super Size Me, or both, you may never eat a happy meal again. You've been warned!...more info
  • Recommended along with the Fast Food Nation
    It is funny and outrageous at the same time. Everyone knows that fast food is not good for health, but I never thought that the film-maker would actually go ahead and perform that kind of experiment on his body. Now you know what happens when you eat too much fast food. Even if nobody will actually replicate that kind of experiment for his eating style, you know that in the long run it will poison your entire body system. So wake up, eat healthy food, exercise, get plenty of rest, sleep well, learn about nutrition and how our country is being run by corporations....more info
  • A Complete Fraud
    Spurlock makes a case by distorting the truth to where it is an outright lie. When his caloric intake was added up by an outside nutritionist they found that there was no way that he could have been taking in 9000 calories with the designed meal without inbetween snacking. He makes other false statements such as there is no milk in McDonald's milkshakes, and that aspartame is unsafe even though it was approved by the FDA as completely safe in 1999.

    He generates propaganda much in the same manner as Michael Moore, unable to make the simpliest truthful statements, instead casting accusations without supporting them with sources or facts.

    In fact out of all fast food chains, McDonalds has been a pioneer in developing alternative, healthy alternatives to their burger and fries.

    This movie is a complete waste of time and could have been convincing if Spurlock hadn't twisted facts like his actual caloric intake in order to make the case for his movie more convincing.

    There is no "0 star" rating but this movie deserves it....more info
  • Not bad, but could be better
    It does expose negative side of fast food, and especially McDonald's.

    It may be exaggerated, or just based on one case, etc, etc.

    Conclusion: More studies and cases should be presented. This is a good start, but more such documentaries are needed....more info
  • America, and soon the world is on the down-ward-slope
    Some people don't know that fast food is not good for you, and some do. Other people just don't know how unhealthy fast food is. This documentary shocks people not only in what he is doing but FACTS that are going on in the US.

    Some rules that were set that they set in the start of the movie:

    1. He MUST eat everything that he orders. (even the condiments and toppings that are added)
    2. He MUST Supper Size if they ask
    3. He will eat McD's for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    4. He will have to walk what the average American walks in a day. (1 mile or less a day)
    5. Lastly he can't exercise (the average American doesn't exercise).

    In the start he is at the peak condition for his age range. He asks three doctors what they can expect through the duration of this experiment. Pay very close attention to what they will say, also pay very close attention to what they say through out the experiment.

    Yea, many Americans don't eat fast food for all three meals, also he is not trying to bring down McD's. He doesn't even show an answer for what to do at the end. The purpose of the film is to raise attention about the epidemic of nutrition deficiency, and for you to make up your own answers using your best judgment.
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  • An Interesting and Unsuccessful Attack on Fast Food.
    Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but McDonalds food three times a day for 30 days. His goal is to eat everything on the menu during that time and to super size his meal only when asked by the cashier if this is what he wants. He also drank regular cola instead of diet soda.

    During these 30 days, he gains 24 pounds, and his liver and enzyme levels go through the roof. He is now 2x more likely to have a heart attack, and he is short of breath and tired and depressed much of the time. He feels that this experiment proves how addictive and dangerous fast food can be.

    In response, I would say that eating McDonald's wasn't Spurlock's problem. Eating an insane amount of calories and carbohydrates was his problem. Others have eaten McDonalds on a daily basis as part of a USA recommended 2000 calorie diet, and have maintained a consistently healthy lifestyle.

    This movie is an interesting study of what can happen to a person when he follows a stupid diet. But it is an unsuccessful attempt at proving that fast food is by nature worse or more addicting than other foods.

    I contend that if you eat smart and exercise a little self-control, you can eat at McDonald's 3 times a day and lose as much weight as you like. For example, as part of a USDA recommended 2000 calorie diet, a guy could have an Egg McMuffin with cheese and ham (300 calories) and black coffee for breakfast, a Big Mac, a small fries, a side salad, and a diet soda for lunch (910 calories), and a McChicken with a diet soda and a southwest salad without the chicken(510 calories), and that still leaves you with 280 calories to spread throughout the day for snacks. Or you could use them all up with two scoops of ice cream. If you walk a half hour a day, you WILL lose weight! (Women may need to limit themselves to less calories).

    For variety's sake, you could have scrambled eggs and a hashbrown and black coffee for breakfast (310 calories), a quarter pounder with cheese, a small side salad and small fries and a diet coke for lunch (860 calories), and a ten piece Chicken McNuggets, a caesar salad without chicken, and a fruit and yogurt parfait without granola and a diet soda (670 calories), and still have 140 calories for some pretzels or 2 cookies.

    If you want to drink the highly caloric shakes, then drink half of what they give you. If you get the 1200 calorie Big breakfast, use the same approach: eat no more than half of what they give you. There's no law that says you have to eat everything in sight.

    The movie gets 4 stars for being an interesting documentary, but I can't give it 5 stars because its methodology is flawed. ...more info
  • Fast truth
    If you eat fast food on a regular basis you better buy this DVD. IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE !...more info
  • Good for nutrition education..
    I am a nutritionist and dietitian. I used this DVD in my nutrition education class. The participants were very impressed by the movie. It saved me a lot of time for the preparation. ...more info
  • porno for judgemental health police
    I think this was an interesting film so I give it 3 stars, but it left me cold. It was too long a piece for such narcissism. He seemed to lasciviously enjoy his revulsion for the fast-food industry and for fat people. "OOOOOhhhh, it is so disgusting! Let's look at some more!" What a turn off. He seemed to really exploit that little fat kid, and have contempt for the Subway guy, who at least should get credit for losing 100+ pounds and trying to help other obese people.

    It seems like food, fat, and fear of fat is like the new forbidden sex. Change the words and images and you'd think the new food police were preachers talking about sex 100 years ago. This push to be "pure", to deny the body, to restrict, to look with disgust at the self-indulgence of all seems so petty, fear-driven and judgemental.

    Incidentally, I am not obese and I never eat at McDonalds. I don't eat there because the food is awful, not just because it is unhealthful....more info
  • Good introduction to how they're making us dumber and dumber
    Perfect gift for the fast-food addict friend o his birthday! Show him you really care.
    The only reason we put up with endless, mindless war, and the criminals in DC taking 10 billion a month from generations to come for a war that's only for profit (as usual), is that we eat crap like this. It makes us stupid. There's a definite connection between what we eat and why we're so gullible.
    Some of that connection can be found here, and with some laughs. If people only knew what's really going into their bodies...
    You are what you eat....more info
  • hilarious!
    This documentary is just hilarious! We'd seen it before, and hubby loves it so I bought it for him. Great if you need a giggle....more info
  • A small step toward balance
    I was quite surprised to read attacks on Spurlock's integrity in some of the reviews here. Super Size Me is a straight-shooting look at a cynical industry, focusing primarily on McDonalds, It sheds light on a profound problem, only beginning to get at all that's behind the appeal of unhealthy fast food. As protagonist, Spurlock is sincere and likable. He plays it straight, no edge, arrogance or irony - it would have been easy to slip into a smugness that he avoids. And the fact that his doctors actually urge him to abandon his experiment well before its conclusion dramatically underscores the seriousness of the relationship between serious health concerns and processed food, high in refined sugar and saturated fat.

    Tobacco, drugs and addiction are all raised in the film in comparison and the connection works, particularly with respect to the ethical indifference of the industries that have peddled their unhealthy products to an all too willing public, long aware of the consequences of prolonged regular use. Those in denial about these concerns will of course see the film as much ado about nothing and/or will attempt to discredit its legitimacy by finding fault with his methods or disputing the credibility of his numbers. The fact remains, however, that the U.S. is, as Spurlock claims, experiencing an epidemic of obesity and its concomitant health risks, along with the exacerbating and increasingly severe lack of physical exercise.

    There is much to think about in this important movie. And having shown very effectively how clever and thorough the fast food industry is at marketing their products - primarily to children, it is good that we have another perspective to consider. Spurlock was preaching to the choir in my case, since I haven't eaten fast food in years, but his fleshing out the dire state of America's school lunch programs and disappearing physical education left me shaking my head in disbelief. ...more info
  • Eating nothing but corn causes disease. Is corn therefore bad for you?
    Doesn't anyone care about consumer freedom? Yeah, if I eat nothing but McDonalds everyday it's very bad for me. I knew that. If I ate nothing but corn for a year I'd likely die of pellagra. If I ate nothing but apples I'd get sick too. Does that mean apples are bad? No, it means I'm a dumb a$$. If I drink copious amounts of alcohol I'll get poisoning. That doesn't mean large bottles of liquor shouldn't be sold. People need to take responsibility for their lives. Eating a McDonalds hamburger now and then is not actually bad for you at all, so long as you are eating a variety of things and get your recommended 30 minutes of activity a day. Enjoy your cheeseburger and Coke. Alarmists who insist on treating us like children should be laughed at. ...more info
  • McIcky
    Morgan Spurlock's documentary - in which he consumes nothing but McDonald's food for a month in 2003 - is funny, cleverly produced, and somewhat alarmist. It's not good science, but does offer some interesting social commentary on the power of the fast food/commercial food industry and is one man's rather striking video exercise in culinary self-abuse. The personalities (girlfriend, medical/nutrition folks, people on the street) were interesting. Most importantly to me Spurlock makes his point without being unnessarily mean. His various asides were also quite good, especially his forays into what public school systems can do to more responsibly exercise their in loco parentis duties as they care for our children....more info
  • Not shocking!
    I thought this documentary was well done, even if the deck was stacked. Yes folks, if you eat fast food for 30 days 3x a day you will become seriously ill. I don't think it is fair to pick on McDonalds, there are many fast food companies and they are all spending lots of dough to get your attention. Growing up, my mother always cooked home made, and I mean nearly from scratch. I attribute that to being healthy, and having an appreciation for home-made spaghetti, beef stroganoff, tacos, fish- twice a week (a few of my favorites) and our dinners always included a veggie (introduce veggies young and kids will eat them, maybe really like them), we almost never had a dessert, and by dessert I mean peaches and cottage cheese... (funny how I've as an adult never cared for dessert!)Why do I mention this? Growing up this way gave me an appreciation for really good food. I was spoiled rotten by my mom, and grandma who are both excellent cooks. We rarely ate fast food, and when we did it was a special treat...not a way of life.

    When as parents we "feed" our children responsibly, hopefully they will grow to incorporate those responsible ideals. This idea can be applied anywhere. Some have posted comments that childrens' cereal is purposely shelved at a height where kids can see it...they are little guys ;) Who buys the cereal? Who plans the meals?

    One point I would like to make about Super Size Me: After viewing I've not been able to eat a chicken McNugget since. (I do get a craving for a Big Mac though) My son, who watched the documentary with me (he is 9) still finds them tasty. So much for opening his eyes, he doesn't care that it's old chicken. Than again he loves sushi...not regularly served at our house.

    People please stop blaming Corporations, schools, Government! It all starts at home...

    maybe with home-cooking :)

    ...more info
  • Great Movie
    This movie is especially important to be viewed by families who have small children on up, a real reality check on American eatting habits. ...more info
  • Useful Documentary
    Fast Paced and just brutal to the junk food industry. This is news you can use and rally behind. If you heed the knowledge being imparted in this film you'll save yourself much grief and untold thousands of dollars in medical expenses. I've been bitten hard by this and lived to tell the tale. You can use this film to help you avoid those junk food cravings and to reaffirm why you've chosen to eat healthily. In that regard I view it as a 'must' purchase. If you still eat junk food you need this film even more to help you quit because you know not what damage you are doing to yourself. Fantastic buy !...more info
  • It'll make you want to skip fast food for the rest of your life! (if not eating all together...)
    This unusual quasi-documentary takes you on a gastronomical journey into the world of McDonalds food and its effects on the human body. Imagine eating nothing but McDonalds fast-food for an entire month, and whenever you are asked if you want to "super-size it" you are obligated to do so and to eat the whole meal! That's the premis of one man's personal experiment shown on this movie.

    Come along as you see the effects of a constant, unrestricted McDonalds diet on a healthy man's body.

    The film making is not particularly good, and the acting (such as it is - not really acting by an actor) is adequate, but the results and message are stunning! Our fast-food diet habits (among other things) are producing an unhealthily obese population - one that we are actually exporting as soon as we can get other nations to buy into it.

    Watching this film may well be one of the best diet supplements out there.

    I was simultaneously attracted and repulsed by what I saw, kind of like rubber-necking as you drive past a serious automobile accident, but this is no accident, and it affects all of us.

    I think that the entire nation should take a good look at this movie, its message, and then get decide to step off of the fast-food merry-go-round (and rounder, and rounder!).

    FYI - You should be prepared for a smattering of language and some dialog that may not be suitable for children.

    5 stars for the message and 3 stars for the movie quality, resulting in a 4-star overall rating!...more info
  • Super sized eye opener
    The information provided by the DVD Super Size Me was so incredible that I have shared it with my students. It has changed the way that I eat and conduct my everyday activities. ...more info
  • One of my faves
    I bought this DVD because I had heard it was really good, and I was certainly not let down! It really opened my eyes as to just how terrible fast food is and what lack of nutritional education is doing to adults and children. I would recommend this film to anyone!...more info
  • be careful before you share this
    I liked the film content.
    however I shared this film with some clients I hardly knew and they were shocked at the language.
    There is supposed to be a family friendly version coming out.
    ...more info
  • Intellectual junk food...
    This is five-star must-see viewing for losers who want to blame corporations because they don't have the good sense and willpower to run their own lives.

    I'm a vegetarian for both health and ethical reasons, and I despise the trash food served at fast food joints like McDonalds.

    But this movie is intellectual junk food. It is the mental equivalent of a Quarter Pounder, with a double side order of pure lard. It will actually make you less knowledgeable.

    It is so dishonest as to be useless; virtually no one eats food the way Spurious Spurlock does here. As other reviewers point out, in various ways he stacks the deck to guarantee preposterous, but sensationalistic, results. Totally bogus, totally unscientific.

    Hey, you know you shouldn't be eating tubloads of this kind of garbage anyway, don't you? It doesn't take a genius to figure that out.

    Nanny state politicians who want to rule our lives "for our own good" will love this.

    Also highly recommended for sleazy lawyers who want to sue fast food joints.
    ...more info
  • Wake up America!
    Everyone should see this and wake up to what is happening to our nation's health. It was frightening to learn just how damaging eating fast food regularly is to a body. Spurlock presents the information in an interesting, entertaining, and sometimes disturbing way (like when it took him over 35 min. to eat a super-size meal and then couldn't keep it in!). I do hope every health class in every school is showing this to their students! Wake up America!!...more info