Super Size Me

July 30, 2006 at 11:42 pm 14 comments

Super Size Me is a documentary about filmmaker Morgan Spurlock who embarked on a one-month McDonald’s binge.  He signed up three medical professionals to monitor his health while in this extreme experiment – a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, and a general practitioner.  He also worked with a nutritionist and an exercise physiologist. 

For 30 days, he was to eat only foods from McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and supper.  He could also drink coffee and water provided they were bought at Mickee Dees. 

He started out very healthy.  As a matter of fact, his exercise physiologist said that he had above average fitness for his age group.  He stood 6’2” and weighed 185 ½ lbs.  His cholesterol was 168 and his body fat was 11%.  He was sexually active.  He was a previous smoker but had quit many years ago. 

So Day 1 came, he started his McDonald’s binge and he was fine.  On Day 2 he experienced a stomachache and even vomited while having his meal.  On Day 7, he was experiencing chest pressure.  By Day 18, he was feeling fatigue and he had less sexual drive.

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  • 1. Toe  |  July 31, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    I watched this documentary too and it’s very interesting. Suddenly, I’m happy that we don’t have McDonald’s here. 🙂

    But I also think it’s because some people just eat too much fast-food that’s why they’re obese. I’m sure that if you eat just once in a while, it will be fine and won’t cause addictions and headaches.

  • 2. niceheart  |  July 31, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    It’s interesting, no, Toe? Yeah, I also think that eating out once in a while is fine.

  • 3. bw  |  July 31, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    Know what – I still haven’t watched this documentar ! Darn, I really have to watch this.

  • 4. ann  |  August 1, 2006 at 8:01 am

    I need to have a copy of this one. I’ll show it to my kids who love fastfood ever. (rated PG ba yan?)

  • 5. Toe  |  August 1, 2006 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Niceheart, I just want to say that in your question in my blog, you’re absolutely right. 🙂

  • 6. jane  |  August 1, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    oh my! I love Mcdo, pero I don’t eat there everyday.

  • 7. niceheart  |  August 1, 2006 at 10:50 pm

    Watch it BW. Very interesting.

    It’s rated PG, Ann.

    But which one, Toe?

    That’s good, Jane. Nakakasawa rin siguro kung everyday kang kakain duon.

  • 8. mmy-lei  |  August 2, 2006 at 1:37 am

    theres no harm eating out once in a while! if you really depend your life eating in fastfood or some fancy resto, chances are, you’ll develop health problem.

    i love mcdo fries at choco sundae pa naman!

  • 9. Eric  |  August 2, 2006 at 8:16 am

    I agree with you, Irene, but kind of hard to do especially if you had grown up eating this kind of food.

  • 10. earthember  |  August 2, 2006 at 8:13 pm

    Interesting experiment. I agree that fast food is so convenient for working family or busy moms. But I do limit the number of times we head to fast food restaurants.

  • 11. noemi  |  August 2, 2006 at 8:51 pm

    my daughter bought this DVD and after watching it, they’ve really avoided fastfoods. It might have been exaggerated but it did the work of showing how unhealthy fastfoods can be.

  • 12. niceheart  |  August 2, 2006 at 9:52 pm

    Mmy-lei, it can also be quite expensive.

    That’s true Eric, luckily, I didn’t grow up eating McDo. 🙂 Besides, if one is really addicted, it’s never too late to cut back.

    Especially now, Ange, that both husband and wife are usually working.

    Noemi, my kids didn’t want to watch it because my middle guy said that his classmate said that it was gross. But they’ve seen a show on TV where there are hidden cameras that reveal how some restaurants are unsanitary. So they are aware the fastfoods can not only be unhealthy but unsanitary too.

  • 13. Phil  |  August 3, 2006 at 6:35 am

    Mmy-lei is right… This is what I call a “crock-umentary,” because its so full of “it.” No one in their right mind eats like this guy did. I don’t think anyone has EVER claimed that hamburgers and fries is the epitome of nutritious repast. I watched it and immediately saw that this guy had an agenda LONG before he started filming. If he wanted to, he could have eaten McDonalds’ salads for 2/3 of his meals, but he chose the “worst” of what was offered, and then ate more than he should have. No wonder he threw up! If you are going to cutback on junkfood, good for you; BUT I hope no one chosses to do so from watching this ridiculous piece of misleading drivel.

  • 14. niceheart  |  August 4, 2006 at 11:08 pm

    It was indeed an extreme experiment and he pointed that out. I think he just wanted to show us how eating from fastfood restaurants frequently can affect your body. I don’t think it was ridiculous though. It’s an eye-opener.


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