I heard about this movie a couple of years ago, and happened to see it in the library today, so I brought it home. We didn’t have time to eat before prayer meeting, so we stopped at McDonald’s on the way home and got carry-out. Brought it home and ate while watching this movie. Well, hey, we figured we might never want to eat there again after watching it, so had to use up those gift cards from Christmas, right?
In case you don’t know what it’s about, the guy ate exclusively McDonald’s food for a month. He gained about 25 pounds and his cholesterol went way up, plus his liver was in pretty bad shape by the time it was over. The doctors monitoring him were begging him to quit it before he killed himself.
Now I’ve never believed that greasy burgers were good for you, but this is sort of stretching my credibility. It’s hard for me to imagine gaining that much weight that fast no matter WHAT you eat! Oh, and the rule was that if they asked him to, he always supersized. According to the movie, he was eating about 5,000 calories a day. A lot, yes, but I’m pretty sure I know men who eat that much on a regular basis who aren’t fat. Of course, this guy also limited his exercise to ridiculously small amounts, and he would have been getting very small amounts of vegetables and fruit, which would also make a difference.
How about it? Anyone else see the movie? Do you believe it? Do you personally know anyone who has gained 10 pounds in a week like this guy did? He started at a normal healthy weight and plenty of exercise, so I’m sure the extreme sudden change made the ill effects more apparent, but it still seemed really farfetched.
I also was a little irritated that the whole focus was on McDonalds. As if there weren’t about a bazillion other fast food places out there doing the same thing. Their justification for that was that McDonalds targets little kids so that they’re addicted to this junky fast food for life. By putting playgrounds in and having a clown as a mascot, kids are attracted. One line that I noticed was “In some places, there’s nowhere else to take the kids to play, so people are forced to go there.” Oookay. So if there is no other playground in the neighborhood, maybe there should be some mention of how good it is of McDonalds to provide one? I mean really, give them some credit!
Anyway, they made McDonalds food look pretty disgusting, including a nice shot of the guy barfing out the car window and a description of how badly it had affected his sex life (I failed to notice the PG-13 rating on the label) but they really didn’t spend as much time as they should have talking about why this is such a problem…because (DUH) people EAT TOO STINKING MUCH JUNK!
And there’s also the fact that the guy was inhaling milkshakes and sodas like they were going out of style, so he was getting megadoses of sugar, which is certainly not something you can blame on McD’s. They do, after all, have water.
Just another example of how personal responsibility is no longer fashionable. Yes, they did give it a little mention at the end, but the movie was much more about McDonalds-bashing than it was a lesson in eating right.
I will say that the section on school lunches that they stuck in there was interesting, though rather frustrating. Parents should be marching on schools across the nation and demanding changes! Not only are public schools poisoning kids’ brains, but also their bodies in a very measurable way!
It left me skeptical about whether McD’s food is really much worse than a lot of the other junk we eat, even at home, but it did leave me convinced that we need a WHOLE lot more exercise and fruits and veggies!