Super Size Me
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock decided to go on a McDonald’s binge diet for one month in order to prove or disprove the health risks of fast food. Spurlock was given this idea by two girls who were at the time perusing lawsuits against the company for their health problems. The two girls claimed that their health problems or “conditions” were caused by eating at the fast food establishment, the film noted the girls’ size and one of them was noted to be 5’6 at roughly two hundred seventy pounds at age 16.
He ventures out to explore the diet but consults three different doctors to monitor and document his started health and changes along the way. Spurlock was 6’2 with a starting weight of one hundred eighty five pounds, with eleven percent body fat. Among the three different doctors he consulted were a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist and a general practitioner as well as a registered dietician. It is documented that Spurlocks family doesn’t run any history of diseases or major health issues except that his grandfather had an open heart surgery and one grandparent is deceased, he had smoked and drank in the past but was not doing either at the time. The doctors ran various tests to document all aspects of his health but the notable factors were that he had a healthy cholesterol level and a healthy triglyceride level charted at 43 by the gastroenterologist and 0.87 by the Cardiologist.
The rules of the Supersize me diet were that Spurlock could only eat items sold at McDonald’s, including water for breakfast lunch and dinner as well as snacks if he desired any. Each item on the menu had to be tried at least once, and no medicines or vitamins could be taken. Super size was to be ordered if it was offered to him and all of his meals were to be eaten completely. Spurlock also limited his exercise to none and daily steps to about five thousand a day in order to conform to the average daily physical activity of a working American. About a week or two...
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