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The Truth About McDonalds
Super Size Me (DVD)
Member Name: bhayanid
Super Size Me (DVD)
Advantages: Very informative
Disadvantages: Bit of a witch hunt against McDonalds
I have wanted to watch Super Size Me for a while now and finally a few months ago I got the chance to watch it and found it absolutely fascinating. This is a documentary of Morgan Spurlock, a man who tries to live on a Mcdonalds diet for one month. There are a few rules he must follow. Firstly he can only eat Mcdonalds, he cannot even drink anything outside from McDonalds and this means he cannot even drink water from outside. Secondly he has to try everything on the menu at least one and lastly if they ask him if he wants to supersize his meal, this means to go for the extra-large size, then he has to agree.
The documentary doesn't literally consist of him just eating for one month. It is filled with a lot of information about the fast food industry and the effect on how it has affected America. Also it follows Morgan as he gets his health checked regularly, and also interviewing the general public as well as speaking to people at Mcdonalds to get their own opinion. He is quite charismatic which is why this documentary works, and it is interesting to find a bit of a background on why this documentary was made. A few years ago two girls sued Mcdonalds saying their bad health is cause by Mcdonalds, and this case is absurd right and should be thrown out? Well if the girls lawyers could prove that Mcdonalds provides meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which they currently do, and if the meals are unhealthy then in fact they would succeed with their case. Just to clarify they didn't succeed. This documentary was to judge the effects and they are frightening to say the least.
Morgan put on 10% of his bodyweight within 12 days which is astronomical and he himself started to get addicted to the Mcdonalds food even though whilst he was eating it he was so disgusted at times that he would literally throw up as he was eating. But then a few hours later the urge comes back and he didn't even mind ordering another meal. Of course this changed as the month went along. His liver was so bad about 2 weeks that the doctor said that his liver had literally turned in to patty and that what he is doing may not even be reversible. The doctors were begging him to stop but he went all the way through. He also had a lot of mood swings and like I mentioned before he only felt happy when eating so had become an addict, who knows what the food contains.
I have heard that this documentary is a bit too critical of Mcdonalds saying it is only showing the bad points, but you know what I don't care. I haven't had McDonalds in months since this documentary and I have heard from friends who are the same. It has opened my eyes to how disgusted junk food is from places like McDonalds, Burger King, KFC etc and unless I am in a situation when I have no choice I will never go there again.
There were some weird images of Ronald Mcdonald and of what looks like his family, it was pretty bizarre and would just pop up throughout the documentary. Clearly to put people off mcdonalds and try and make it seem evil and I guess in a way it works. It is like some sort of subliminal messaging technique. Overall I very much enjoyed this documentary and it is one of the better ones I have seen in recent months. It is very informative and it has put me in better shape and I am now a lot more conscious about my health.
Summary: Stay away from Fast food
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