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Super Size Me (DVD)
Member Name: dreamer87
Super Size Me (DVD)
Advantages: Very interesting, useful nutritional facts
Disadvantages: USA specific
I love McDonalds every now and again. If it wasn't so bad for you I'd have one a lot more than I currently do. Their burgers are tasty and they keep their menu exciting by having limited edition items and chopping and changing them regularly. They also do a lot of promotions where you can get free glasses with a large meal etc, these are good quality and we have a few in our cupboard!
I first watched 'Supersize Me' a few years ago and I really enjoyed the concept and the documentary style of filming. I love progams about diet and nutrition so this documentary was of great interest to me. I watched this again last month as I had forgotten most of the facts mentioned in the documentary and it was still enjoyable the second time round.
The documentary looks mainly into the obesity problem in the USA, I would have liked it to be worldwide and contain facts about the UK but this film in particular is only taking data from the US. To be honest, the UK isn't far behind so it isn't too far from the truth. Morgan Spurlock is a good presenter and throws a lot of facts out there throught the documentary. He has an interesting voice, one that keeps you gripped to what he is saying and he also adds humour to it. He is very honest about his feelings and mental state throughout the mamoth task he sets himself dispite doctors warnings.
Morgan interviews experts in twenty US cities getting nutritional facts and he also gets monitored throughout his experiement of eating only McDonalds for 30 days straight. This doesn't sound so big at first but when you consider he has McDonalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner, he must have 3 meals a day and every single thing he eats and drinks must come from McDonalds.
Morgan set out with some rules in order to achieve this goal:
1. He could only eat what was available over the counter at that time - no special ordering
2. No Supersizing unless offered - if it was offered he had to take it!
3. He had to eat every item on the menu at least once throughout the experiment.
4. Three meals a day - no skipping meals.
I liked rule number two because a lot of the time he didn't want to supersize his meal but he had to accept if it was offered. As all McDonalds employees are taught to sell, nearly all of them asked him to go supersize which he had to agree to.
For me, I found it really interesting to see the effects for 30 days of fast food had on Morgans body. He was weighed weekly and also had lots of other tests and scans to record the progress. Doctors actually warned him to stop on every occassion they saw him as the effects really are quite shocking. Makes you think abou how often you should be eating junk food, if at all.
Supersize Me is one of the most sucessful documentaries of all time and has won a few awards and you can see why. Morgan makes this experiment a very interesting thing to watch and it is one that I would watch over again. I would like to see a UK version with Louis Theroux, I think that would be brilliant as I also love his way of coming across on documentaries.
Worth a watch if you are interested in nutrition, US facts, corporate marketing etc - this documentary has it all.
Summary: You can see why this documentary won awards
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