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PCR # 224  (Vol. 5, No. 28)  This edition is for the week of July 5--11, 2004.

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Movie Review
"Super Size Me"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

Three stars

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Samuel Goldwyn     
Starring: Morgan Spurlock
Directed by: Morgan Spurlock
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 36 mins

Exactly 20 years ago this month I left the Army weighing a svelte 185 pounds. My new job had me eating mostly fast food, mostly late at night. I'll end this story by saying I haven't weighed 185 pounds in 19 years and 11 months.

In 2002, two New York area girls filed suit against the fast food industry claiming that their food had made them obese. The case was dismissed, but the trial judge noted that if the girls could prove that fast food was unhealthy he would reconsider his decision. When film maker Spurlock heard about the case, he wondered what would happen if you ate nothing but fast food...breakfast, lunch and dinner for a month? After consulting a trio of doctors, who all proclaimed him to be in excellent health, Spurlock set out on his month long McDiet. Not only would he eat Mickey D's for a month but, when it was suggested to him, he would Super Size his order!

I learned a few years ago that one out of every four people in the USA have worked at McDonalds. I was shocked to learn that each week one out of every four people in the USA eat there. 46 million people a day. No wonder the numbers on the sign keep changing. In Manhattan, Spurlock had over 80 restaurants to choose from, basically 4 every square mile. And so he begins.

"Super Size Me" is a must-see film for anyone who ever thought about changing their diet. On the second day of his diet, Spurlock gets sick, his body basically rejecting his high calorie meals. In the first week he gains ten pounds. By the end of the month he will have gained fifteen more. His cholesterol shoots up and his team of physicians warn him that, because of the high amount of fat he has ingested, his liver is close to shutting down. His normal calorie intake of about 2500 a day has nearly doubled to 4900. He gains 7% more body fat. Not only that, his girlfriend is complaining about their sex life.

Shortly after the film screened at the Sundance Film Festival, McDonalds stopped offering to super size meals. The company also pointed out that their food, while healthy, shouldn't be your only form of substance. While only super sizing his meals 9 times, Spurlock ended up ingesting 30 lbs of sugar and 12 pounds of fat. It took him 14 months to lose the 25 pounds he gained and almost that long for his liver to return to normal. Makes me want to head to the salad bar right now! On a scale of zero to four stars I give "Super Size Me"  Three stars

This week's movie review of "Super Size Me" is ©2004 by Michael A. Smith.  All graphics this page are creations of Nolan B. Canova, ©2004, all rights reserved. All contents of "Nolan's Pop Culture Review" are ©2004 by Nolan B. Canova.