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Published on August 20th, 2004 | by Press


Super Size Me

Classification: 12A Director: Morgan Spurlock

Why are Americans so fat? Find out in Super Size Me, a tongue in-cheek look at the legal, financial and physical costs of America’s hunger for fast food. Love it or hate it, fast food is here to stay: immediate, accessible, cheap and satisfying, it fills a need in contemporary, mobile lifestyles. But at what real cost?

Ominously, 37% of American children and adolescents are carrying too much fat and 2 out of every three adults are overweight or obese. Is it our fault for lacking self-control, or are the fast-food corporations to blame?

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock hit the road and interviewed experts in 20 U.S. cities, including Houston, the “Fattest City” in America. From Surgeon Generals to gym teachers, cooks to kids, lawmakers to legislators, these authorities shared their research, opinions and “gut feelings” on our ever-expanding girth.

During the journey, Spurlock also put his own body on the line, living on nothing but McDonald’s for an entire month, for 30 days straight with four simple rules:

1) No options: he could only eat what was available over the counter (water included!)

2) No supersizing unless offered

3) No excuses: he had to eat every item on the menu at least once

4) No giving up: he had to eat three squares a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner

And eat he did. As his intake of fried and sodium-rich foods increased, so too did his cholesterol and sodium levels and what began as a fun and light-hearted experiment gradually turned into serious concern for the above average healthy Spurlock’s well-being – all despite the protests of his live-in girlfriend: a vegan chef. It all adds up to a fat food bill, harrowing visits to the doctor, and compelling viewing for anyone who’s ever wondered if man could live on fast food alone.

Spurlock’s month-long fast food frenzy across the nation is documented along with eye-opening and candid interviews with top medical and health professionals, advertising and marketing executives and America’s youth – numerous fast food-eating American youth. The results are, to say the least outstanding.

The film explores the horror of school lunch programs, declining health and physical education classes, food addictions and the extreme measures people take to lose weight and regain their health. Super Size Me is a satirical jab in the stomach, overstuffed with fat and facts about the billion-dollar industry besieged by doctors, lawyers and nutritionists alike. “Would you like fries with that?” will never sound the same!

Morgan Spurlock chats about obesity in America and one of its sources as fast food corporations such as McDonalds

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