May 25, 2018 at 9:59 am #1202553796
Remember Super Size Me? The 2004 Oscar-nominated documentary that featured the Morgan Spurlock eating only McDonalds for a 30-day period, allegedly resulting in a variety of health problems that it took over a year for him to overcome?
Well, as it turns out, the findings in the documentary may well be fraudulent.
While providing details regarding past sexual misconduct, Spurlock has publicly admitted that he is an alcoholic and hasn’t been sober for more than a week in 30 years (basically, his entire adult life). There is now very good reason to believe that the health problems depicted in the documentary were in fact caused by alcoholism, and not McDonalds food.
More at the Wall Street Journal:May 25, 2018 at 10:21 am #1202553807
My family ate more at McDonald’s after we saw Super Size Me. It reminded us that it was an option.May 25, 2018 at 11:13 am #1202553834
I don’t think it is. He drastically changed his way of life (going from a generally healthy diet to high amounts of fat and unhealthy carbohydrates 3 times a day), forced himself to overeat pretty much every meal (“supersizing” them 9 times), and reduced his level of physical activity (under 5,000 steps a day). He also ate as many McDonald’s meals as most nutritionists say the ordinary person should eat in eight years. That’s not healthy. Bad eating habits + lack of exercise create health issues, and of course these decisions would drastically change his body.
Sure, alcoholism could easily make it worse. And if he really wasn’t sober throughout the thirty days, it would absolutely contribute to those problems (depending on his alcohol intake). But I don’t think it was the main reason when Spurlock consumed not only 5,000 calories every day (on average), but also 30+ pounds of sugar and 12+ pounds of fat total.May 25, 2018 at 11:15 am #1202553839
It was a complete gimmick more so than a “fraud”.May 25, 2018 at 1:18 pm #1202553893
I doubt this news means we all should be eating extra value meals containing deep friend potatoes, tons of salt and carbs, and more calories (including the soda) in one sitting (because it is advertised as one meal) than one should eat in one meal if one is going to eat more meals or has eaten previous meals that day.
There’s also the fact that even if this experiment was compromised by his alcoholism, he did do a comparison between how he was before this documentary and how he was during and then after. Plus it’s not like there haven’t been numerous health studies conducted about the dangers of fast food.May 25, 2018 at 2:52 pm #1202553926This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.May 25, 2018 at 4:05 pm #1202553941
We watched it in health class when I was in high school and that very day I went to the cafeteria and bought a double hamburger. That movie made me crave McDondald’s so bad.May 25, 2018 at 4:39 pm #1202553949
It was debunked as shock jocking hogwash as early as when Cracked was still relevant so I’d be surprised there were still enough people who believed it was legit in order for there to still be speculation about it. But I guess it is the go-to health class staple when the teacher runs out of curriculum. The only thing that was legit in that movie was the McTwitches which I will sometimes get if I haven’t eaten it in a long time. Oh well. We all die someday anyway.
Not that McDonald’s is perfect, nobody should be eating fast food regularly, obesity is an issue, people need to take time aside to cook when they can, plus with their margins those selfish bastards only give me one pickle per hamburger unless I pay extra, etc. But I have to give credit where credit is due. European McDonald’s slaps, you can order macarons in Paris, plus it was my safe haven studying in Amsterdam where I recognized the food so I wouldn’t have to vomit on the bike path from eating fucking fish on a stick with mayo.May 26, 2018 at 8:47 am #1202554189
I feel like the fast food expedited the process to be honest.
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