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Thursday, October 07, 2004

Super Size Me

Super Size Me (****)

What has fast food done to the American public? It's put us on the road to ruin. The impact of an all fast food diet for a relatively short period of time is frightening. See this movie.


  • It's funny, what people say about this movie to me when they come into my McDonald's. I've had any number of customers (both regulars and unfamiliar faces) start talking to me about this movie, like they think I've seen it, just because I work at McD's. I haven't--though I do kind of want to--but it really makes you think about how fickle people can be. I mean, I had a 40-something man say to me, "That movie really grossed me out, and gave me a lot to think about." What did he order? A Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese meal (only extra mayo, cheese, and bacon), large, with a Coke. If the movie grossed him out so much, why is he ordering one of the least healthy sandwiches on the menu, with a special order that makes it even worse? "Extra" mayo is two shots from the gun, and the mayo gun I believe squirts out 1/2 an ounce per shot...ewwwwww.

    I eat one meal per shift (so, about five times a week) and I always get either a double cheeseburger and Apple Dippers, or a Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch salad. And you know what? I've lost 18 pounds since January, working at McDonald's the whole time. Exercise, and giving up pop, and a determined effort to snack less. Which proves it is possible to eat fast food regularly and not turn into an obese monstrosity.

    Sorry, didn't mean this to turn into a treatise, but it makes me mad when people blame fast food in general, and McDonald's in particular, for their own health problems. It's an easy excuse for lazy people to blame someone else for their own shortcomings--I mean, no one is forcing anyone to eat fast food. Sure, it's convenient, but if everyone is so concerned about how supposedly bad it is for you, then just don't eat it!

    By Blogger Lizzi, at 10/10/2004 8:27 AM  

  • Point well taken. After all, diet is something that many of us have complete control over.

    Before seeing the movie, I had an occasional sausage mcmuffin w/egg for breakfast--maybe one a month at the most. (Yes readers, I am aware that this was crowned the menu item with the highest fat content a year or two ago.)

    After seeing the movie, I haven't been back to McD's. But I think it's highly likely that after some time has passed, I may be back for a breakfast sandwich or a filet o' fish.

    What I found so surprising (and frightening) was the impact to this guy's physical and mental faculties in 30 days of concentrated McD's consumption. Apparently all the doctors that he consulted were surprised as well.

    Perhaps singling out McDonalds is unfair, but I believe he picked out the king of all ff chains for this movie.

    That is not to say that McD's doesn't do great things for the community or that they targeted childern in their advertising campaigns with malice in mind.

    For me, the movie was an eye-opening look at how one industry has contributed to the overall change in America's health and way of life.

    By Blogger Bogie, at 10/11/2004 1:32 PM  

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