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No **** Spurlock!
Super Size Me (DVD)
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Super Size Me (DVD)
Advantages: Shows interesting medical effects of fast food, Spurlock is likable
Disadvantages: Spurlock seems like an extremist in terms of his eating habit
When it comes to great documentaries it seems that American movie makers are the best at them, most notably Michael Moore ans his excellent films "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Bowling for Columbine". With this in mind I sat down to watch Morgan Spurlock's 2004 Documentary "Supersize Me" a film that sees the aforementioned Spurlock eating fast food every meal of every day for a month. To me it seemed obvious that Spurlock would gain weight, though what else would happen to him at the end of his experiment?
We start the film with Spurlock talking about the obesity epidemic in the US an issue that seems to be at the heart of the film and soon afterwards Spurlock sees a Dr seeking the medical advice that he'd need before starting his "McDiet". As it turns out Spurlock is in excellent physical condition before he starts, this, if nothing else, allows him to be an excellent "subject" for the film, a good thing I guess considering it seems to have been his idea...
Swiftly after starting his experiment Spurlock suffers from the obvious issue of eating fat foods, his weight goes up, in fact it goes up incredibly swiftly with him adding 5% of his body weight inside around a week. The fact Spurlock was getting fat was never going to be a surprise to anyone though it's the issues that develop later on in his experiment that start to make the film incredibly interesting notably an "addiction" of sorts to the food.
As well as looking at the direct effect of eating the food the film also looks at issues regarding advertising of fast food (which if you watch American TV you will see a lot of) and the ways that the food industry has an aggressive marketing strategy. This strategy is blamed for the way that young children are targeted and the impression that the adverts and "characters" (such as Ronald McDonald) leave on children.
Staying on the theme of children Spurlock turns his attention to the Schools who seemed to again be serving fatty, sugary foods. Foods similar to those served by McDonald's which included Fries, Cookies, soft drinks. Spurlock looks into why "bad" food is sold in schools and uncovers a number of shocking details which again adds to the intrigue of the film. Whilst this actually seems more of a distraction from the core theme of the film it's an interesting side story and one that viewers need to watch out for.
With in 3 weeks of his experiment Spurlock's body is wanting him to stop and he starts to have serious internal medical issues. It's at this point that you start to see that eating fast food does more to you than just makes you fat, in fact it does a huge number of things to Spurlock, things that you wouldn't have expected to occur as quickly as they did (or at all for that matter).
Sadly by the end of the film I was thinking to myself that the key thing I've learned is that we've got to have things in moderation. Eating McDonald's every day is no different to drinking every day, of course you will end up becoming unhealthy. At the end of the day however it's down to us to make the decisions on what we eat and how much. McDonald's doesn't lock us up and force feed up, nor does McDonald's break into our home and threaten our family until we eat their food.
Summary: I am what I (choose to) eat!
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