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McDonalds - food from hell
iggy Posted: Sun Jan 25 21:38:18 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  January 22, 2004 -- LAST February, Morgan Spurlock decided to become a gastronomical guinea pig.

His mission: To eat three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald's and document the impact on his health.

Scores of cheeseburgers, hundreds of fries and dozens of chocolate shakes later, the formerly strapping 6-foot-2 New Yorker - who started out at a healthy 185 pounds - had packed on 25 pounds.

But his supersized shape was the least of his problems.

Within a few days of beginning his drive-through diet, Spurlock, 33, was vomiting out the window of his car, and doctors who examined him were shocked at how rapidly Spurlock's entire body deteriorated.

"It was really crazy - my body basically fell apart over the course of 30 days," Spurlock told The Post.

His liver became toxic, his cholesterol shot up from a low 165 to 230, his libido flagged and he suffered headaches and depression.

Spurlock charted his journey from fit to flab in a tongue-in-cheek documentary, which he has taken to the Sundance Film Festival with the hopes of getting a distribution deal.

"Super Size Me" explores the obesity epidemic that plagues America today - a sort of "Bowling for Columbine" for fast food.

As well as documenting his own burger-fueled bulk-up, Spurlock travels to 20 cities across America, interviewing people on the street, health experts and a lobbyist for the fast-food industry.

Despite making dozens of phone calls, Spurlock fails to get anyone from McDonald's to agree to an on-camera interview.

A spokeswoman for McDonald's told The Post yesterday that no representatives from the corporation had seen "Super Size Me."

"Consumers can achieve balance in their daily dining decisions by choosing from our array of quality offerings and range of portion sizes to meet their taste and nutrition goals," McDonald's said in a statement.

Over the course of the film, Spurlock is regularly examined by a gastroenterologist, a cardiologist and SoHo-based general practitioner Dr. Daryl Isaacs.

"He was an extremely healthy person who got very sick eating this McDonald's diet," Dr. Isaacs told The Post.

"None of us imagined he could deteriorate this badly - he looked terrible. The liver test was the most shocking thing - it became very, very abnormal."

Spurlock has since returned to normal health. "The treatment was to just stop doing what he was doing," Dr. Isaacs says.

Spurlock, who says he ate at McDonald's only sporadically before his total immersion in the Mickey D's menu, says he even began craving fat and sugar fixes between meals.

"I got desperately ill," he says. "My face was splotchy and I had this huge gut, which I've never had in my life.

"My knees started to hurt from the extra weight coming on so quickly. It was amazing - and really frightening."

Spurlock's girlfriend, Alex Jamieson, was horrified - she's a vegan chef.

"She was completely disgusted by me, not happy at all," he says. "But she realized what my goals were in trying to educate people."

Spurlock, a film producer who grew up in West Virginia and studied ballet for eight years, was spurred to make his first feature film while watching TV on Thanksgiving Day, 2002.

"I was feeling like a typical American on Thanksgiving - very bloated and happy on the couch - and at some point on the news they were talking about two women who were suing McDonald's.

"People from the food industry were saying, 'You can't link kids being fat to our food - our food is nutritious.'

"I said, 'How nutritious is it really? Let's find out."

Not surprisingly, Spurlock has steered clear of the Golden Arches since filming wrapped.

"I have not had McDonald's for seven months, but yesterday, during an interview, I had a bite of a Big Mac," he says.

"I chewed it up, swallowed it and I said, 'You know what, I'm pretty much done after that bite.' "




 
novemberrain Posted: Sun Jan 25 21:46:59 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  ugh...

I eat mcdonald's, but only in a while. But after reading that, I might never touch it again.


 
Mesh Posted: Sun Jan 25 22:08:35 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I hate McDonalds. The stuff doesnt to pass of food in my book. Horible stuff it is.


Which is why its so curious that I eat it so often. I guess I just get a some craving for shit or something.


 
Malik Posted: Sun Jan 25 22:11:10 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  It's not that I dislike McDonalds because it is fatty or greasy or bad for my health. I dislike it because the food is discusting. I eat at Wendy's, personally. It's only $1.07 for a nice cheeseburger.


 
Mesh Posted: Sun Jan 25 22:13:00 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  My favourite is Taco Cabana. Them or Carls Jr.


 
choke Posted: Sun Jan 25 23:00:52 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Makkaz is one of those places you go to eat when your hungover as fuck and have no real clue what your eating, just know that theres something relatively foodlike in front of you.


 
antartica Posted: Mon Jan 26 01:10:19 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  so... do you want fries with tat?


 
webmaster Posted: Mon Jan 26 02:35:10 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  >His mission: To eat three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald's and document the impact on his health.

Eating three meals a day of ANYTHING for 30 days will make you ill and sick of the food, be it Mcs, Wendy's, Taco, fresh milk , or orange juice. McDonald's was just the unfortunate victim of this Morgan guy's quest for media attention.


 
libra Posted: Mon Jan 26 04:51:43 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  webmaster said:
>>His mission: To eat three meals a day for 30 days at McDonald's and document the impact on his health.
>
>Eating three meals a day of ANYTHING for 30 days will make you ill and sick of the food, be it Mcs, Wendy's, Taco, fresh milk , or orange juice. McDonald's was just the unfortunate victim of this Morgan guy's quest for media attention.

you're so much more active in the forum now...i really like it...


 
dan632 Posted: Mon Jan 26 08:56:11 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  me and mara work at McD's...different stores in different states mind u but it's still the same filthy shit though.

i feel so ashamed, **hides in corner crying**


 
antartica Posted: Mon Jan 26 09:22:12 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  reminds me of stories of KFC when i had friends working there... the "special" treatment they used to give the cloeslaw and mash on a bad day... and all the "extra ingredients"...




 
webmaster Posted: Mon Jan 26 11:19:35 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  libra said:
>you're so much more active in the forum now...i really like it...

Damn... now I don't know what to say... :)


 
Archangel Posted: Mon Jan 26 18:36:41 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  what a fuck-tard, and that movie is a steaming pile of shit.

He deliberately ate 5,000 calories a day (ah, 2 and a half time the recommended amount) and stopped his exercise routine, in fact, he tried NOT to do any activity at all. McDonalds food is crap, we all know it, now shut up.

Oh, and the Bowling reference, yeah, another huge steaming pile of shit.


 
Mesh Posted: Mon Jan 26 19:02:22 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Archangel said:
>what a fuck-tard, and that movie is a steaming pile of shit.
>
>He deliberately ate 5,000 calories a day (ah, 2 and a half time the recommended amount) and stopped his exercise routine, in fact, he tried NOT to do any activity at all. McDonalds food is crap, we all know it, now shut up.
>
>Oh, and the Bowling reference, yeah, another huge steaming pile of shit.


Agreed


 
ifihadahif Posted: Mon Jan 26 19:40:22 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Archangel said:
>what a fuck-tard, and that movie is a steaming pile of shit.
>
>He deliberately ate 5,000 calories a day (ah, 2 and a half time the recommended amount) and stopped his exercise routine, in fact, he tried NOT to do any activity at all. McDonalds food is crap, we all know it, now shut up.
>
>Oh, and the Bowling reference, yeah, another huge steaming pile of shit.

totally agreed.


 
Archangel Posted: Mon Jan 26 21:09:41 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  meshuggah said:
>Agreed

ifihadahif said:
>totally agreed.

scared... very scared.


 
mat_j Posted: Tue Jan 27 06:39:09 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  One of my friends entire diet consists of toast, chips (fries), sausages, salt, chicken nuggets and pizza. He's still alive but he's always angry, go figure!


 
Paulo Posted: Tue Jan 27 07:30:55 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I enjoy a good McDonalds cheesebugrer at 50 english pennies who can argue? And of course a KFc from time to time. The real food evil in my world is currently pizza's.

Let's face it if you eat that much fatty goodness in a month you're going to get a third ass.





 
mat_j Posted: Tue Jan 27 08:34:23 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Paulo said:
>I enjoy a good McDonalds cheesebugrer at 50 english pennies who can argue? And of course a KFc from time to time. The real food evil in my world is currently pizza's.
>
>Let's face it if you eat that much fatty goodness in a month you're going to get a third ass.
>
>

Doesn't a slice of 10 inch pizza contain as much fat as a cheese burger or something?



 
Paulo Posted: Tue Jan 27 11:53:11 2004 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Yes, yes it does. Which is why I'm trying to stop eating the damn things too. But they're sooo goood



 



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