Showtime just showed SUPERSIZE ME following a trim guy for 30 days eataing 3 meals a day at McDonalds. WHenever they asked whether he wanted to SUPERSIZE he said yes.
What happened to his weight, his blood fats, and his liver in only 30 days was remarkable.
See the movie if they repeat it. I recommend it completely!
It was followed by FAT ACTRESS Episode One with Kirstie Allie...good fun!
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i've seen that docu-film too. it was quite shocking what happened to him in such a short space of time (only 30 days). he went form being really, really healthy eating organic vegan stuff that his gf cooked him with a little bit of meat sometimes to an unhealthy guy with no energy and sex drive. it even shocked the experts. just goes to show you are what you eat.
The effect on my watching was a gradual twinging with every one of the additional gut-bustingly fat meals.
I usually visit MacDonald's once or twice a year when they offer BUY ONE GET ONE FREE coupons mid winter (I guess business slows down.) I really don't think I'll ever stick another one in my mouth.
I think the last time I had the FRIES was more than a decade ago and I thought, "what's the fuss about?" They were more grease than potato.
Oh, and did you catch the "Cheeseburger Act" where Congress passed a LAW making it illegal to sue the burger flipping joints...can that be for REAL. Too George Orwell to contemplate!
REALLY amazing was the gradual addiction he developed , the meal made him feel good for awhile and then horrible as withdrawal set in and only another dose of the sugary grease could make him feel good again...oh, and the ONE POUND OF SUGAR A DAY!
Location: St Mary's University College, Twickenham
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i thought it was rediculous the way the two fat girls tried to get money off macdonalds. unless you have been living on a desert island all your life, you're gonna know that eating junk food is bad for you; it doesn't take a highly trained nutitionist to realise this. they obviously hadn't been on a desert island- they'd been in macdonalds!!! you'll be getting alcoholics sueing breweries next. its all about choice. they had the choice to eat macdonalds. the company were simply satisfying their demand to pump themselves full of rubbish. they are only a buisness. noone made them eat it!! i choose not to eat rubbish because i wish to live beyond the age of 45. things like that really tick me off!!!!!!!!!!!! i could rant all day
It was quite disturbing, that movie!! The most amazing part was where he put the fries in the canister in his office and weeks later they were STILL perfectly preserved!! haha. Makes you wonder what they do to your insides if they won't degrade like food ought to!
I gotta agree with Ratboy, it is SO annoying when those unhealthy types claim ignorance about McDonalds and the health risks. People might not know the specific risks involved but EVERYONE knows that a plate of vegetables is healthy and that McDonalds is NOT.
On a side note, those idiots who lead who eat poorly and don't exercise and then sue food companies for getting fat are not meant - in evolutionary terms - to survive!!! hah. Its only the collective efforts of us all that allows them to flourish. If they were to hunt and collect their own food, they'd have died out a LONG time ago!! haha
As much as the documentary showed a good example of what happens when you gain weight VERY rapidly, by no means was it a realistic account of what eating junk food does to you. YES it is true that Junk food contains high fat, and thus more calories without the density of regular food. However you all saw that his caloric intake pre-mcdiet was 2500 Cals, and on the mcdiet was nearly double that. It takes 3500 EXTRA Cals to gain one pound of fat, and he was basically doing that each day. Gaining one pound a day (almost) is NOT healthy, and wreaks a ton of havoc on your body, regardless of where you get those calories from. They could be 3500 extra calories of sugar, fat, protein, or carbs, and it would not matter. The difference comes when you look at the nutrients McD's food has over fresh fruits, heart healthy fats, whole grains, lean meats, etc- Obviously McDonald's isn't rich in Omega 3's or a Good Source of Vitamin (anything). But it doesn't take a 30 day diet to conclude that much..
On the other hand, doing this in 30 days at the supersonic rate he went about it might very well approximate one McDonalds or Burger King meal a day over a 10 year period, and LOTS of people do that.
Though he was at the EXTREME extreme, I think most viewers really had no doubt that had he tried it for ANOTHER 30 days it would have killed him.
Almost like having a smoker do 10 packs a day for a month. Extreme...YES. But comparable to a pack a day for 10 years...maybe?
What struck me as remarbable was the breathtaking speed at which he mangled his health. Those liver enzymes and blood lipid spikes were hard to believe. I expressed the same amazement as his doctors...I didn' think such poisoning was possible so fast with just FOOD!
I see your point- but keeping that in mind, I dont believe he could go on eatin 5000 Calories a day REGARDLESS of the food. Sure, there would have been WAY more to eat (in the amoutn of food), but he still would be gaining at a ridiculously fast rate, which is really really unhealthy. True, people can equate it to one meal a day for 10 yrs, but the reality is that his side effects very well could have been because of his rapid weight gain from overly fatty foods (thus lacking nutrients). If someone were to eat Mcdonalds, they wouldn't be gaining weight like that, unless of course they had 3 Mcd's meals a day like Spurlock did.
Basically, the movie can open some ppl's eyes to the "reality" that was already pretty clear- too much junk food isn't good for you. But to say that McDonald's is basically going to kill you if you have one burger or meal is a lil nuts. If you're craving one, go for it, just be aware that there ARE other things that are healthier.
Just watched it today. What a movie! I have not touched McDonald's in months. And the time before that was like a year. After seeing that film, I doubt I will ever visit McDonald's again. It's better just to go shopping once a week and fill up half the cart in the produce section with dark leafy greens, fresh fruit, etc. By the way, has anyone ever tried this new potato chip called "Lays Baked! Original"? 110 calories in one serving. Also in one serving is 1.5 g of total fat, 0 saturated and trans fat, 0 cholesterol, 2 grams of sugar, and it takes awesome!! But like everything else....you gotta take it easy and not binge LOL