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Super Size Me

Tagline: "A film of epic portions."
Directed by Morgan Spurlock
Produced by Morgan Spurlock
Written by Morgan Spurlock
Starring Morgan Spurlock
Music by Doug Ray
Steve Horowitz
Michael Parrish
Cinematography Scott Ambrozy
Editing by Julie "Bob" Lombardi
Distributed by Showtime Networks, Inc.
Release date(s) May 7, 2004
Running time 100 minutes
Language English
Official website
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Super Size Me is an Academy Award-nominated 2004 documentary film, directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. It follows a 30-day time period (February 2003) during which Spurlock subsists entirely on food and items purchased exclusively from McDonald's, and the film documents this lifestyle's drastic effects on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit. During the filming, Spurlock dined at McDonald's restaurants three times per day, sampling every item on the chain's menu at least once. He consumed an average of 5,000 calories (the equivalent of 9.26 Big Macs) per day during the experiment. Image File history File links Super_Size_Me_Poster. ... Morgan V. [1] Spurlock (born November 7, 1970) is an American independent documentary film director, TV producer, and screenwriter, known for the documentary film Super Size Me, in which he attempted to demonstrate the negative health effects of McDonalds food by eating nothing but McDonalds three times a day... Morgan V. [1] Spurlock (born November 7, 1970) is an American independent documentary film director, TV producer, and screenwriter, known for the documentary film Super Size Me, in which he attempted to demonstrate the negative health effects of McDonalds food by eating nothing but McDonalds three times a day... Morgan V. [1] Spurlock (born November 7, 1970) is an American independent documentary film director, TV producer, and screenwriter, known for the documentary film Super Size Me, in which he attempted to demonstrate the negative health effects of McDonalds food by eating nothing but McDonalds three times a day... Morgan V. [1] Spurlock (born November 7, 1970) is an American independent documentary film director, TV producer, and screenwriter, known for the documentary film Super Size Me, in which he attempted to demonstrate the negative health effects of McDonalds food by eating nothing but McDonalds three times a day... John Anthony Michael Parrish (known as Michael Parrish) was the Chairman of the Brentwood and Ongar Conservative Association during the split in the local party over the influence of the Peniel Pentecostal Church. ... Showtime Netwotrks, Inc. ... is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. ... Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. ... Morgan V. [1] Spurlock (born November 7, 1970) is an American independent documentary film director, TV producer, and screenwriter, known for the documentary film Super Size Me, in which he attempted to demonstrate the negative health effects of McDonalds food by eating nothing but McDonalds three times a day... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... Psychological science redirects here. ... The Nutrition Facts table indicates the amounts of nutrients which experts recommend you limit or consume in adequate amounts. ... For other uses, see Big Mac (disambiguation). ...


In February 2005, Super Size Me Educationally Enhanced DVD edition was released. It is an edited version of the film designed to be integrated into a high school health curriculum.


MSNBC has also broadcast an hour long version of the film, in addition to the regular version. For the news website, see msnbc. ...


Before launching this experiment, Spurlock, age 32 at the time the movie was filmed in 2003, ate a varied diet but always ate vegan evening meals to appease his then-girlfriend (now wife) (she is a vegan chef), was healthy and slim, and stood 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm) tall with a body weight of 185.5 lb (84.1 kg). After thirty days, he gained 24.5 lb (11.1 kg), a 13% body mass increase, and his Body Mass Index rose from 23.2 (within the 'healthy' range of 19-25) to 27 ('overweight'). He also experienced mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and liver damage. It took Spurlock fourteen months to lose the weight he gained. The pound or pound-mass (abbreviations: lb, , lbm, or sometimes in the United States: #) is a unit of mass (sometimes called weight in everyday parlance) in a number of different systems, including the imperial and US and older English systems. ... Kg redirects here. ... A graph of body mass index is shown above. ... A mood swing is an extreme or rapid change in mood. ... Sexual dysfunction or sexual malfunction (see also sexual function) is difficulty during any stage of the sexual act (which includes desire, arousal, orgasm, and resolution) that prevents the individual or couple from enjoying sexual activity. ... For the bird, see Liver bird. ...


The stated driving factor for Spurlock's investigation was the increasing spread of obesity throughout U.S. society, which the Surgeon General has declared "epidemic," and the corresponding lawsuit brought against McDonald's on behalf of two overweight girls, who, it was alleged, became obese as a result of eating McDonald's food. Spurlock points out that although the lawsuit against McDonald's failed (and subsequently many state legislatures have legislated against products liability actions against producers and distributors of "fast food"), much of the same criticism leveled against the tobacco companies applies to fast food franchises, although it could be argued that fast food is not physiologically addictive in the same sense as nicotine. US Public Health Service US Public Health Service Collar Device US Public Health Service Cap Device The Surgeon General of the United States is the head of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) and thus the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the U.S... It has been suggested that civil trial be merged into this article or section. ... The tobacco industry comprises those persons and companies engaged in the growth, preparation for sale, shipment, advertisement, and distribution of tobacco and tobacco-related products. ... Heroin bottle An addiction is a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individuals health, mental state or social life. ... This article is about the chemical compound. ...

Contents

Experiment

As the film begins, Spurlock is physically above average, as attested to by three doctors (a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, and a general practitioner), whom he enlists to track his health during the month-long binge. All three predict the "McMonth" will have unwelcome effects on his body, but none expect anything too drastic, one citing the human body as being "extremely adaptable." ... Gastroenterology or Gastrology might be better described as the field of digestive diseases, which are traditionally separated by anatomic or functional category. ... A general practitioner (GP), family physician or family practitioner (FP) is a medical doctor who provides primary care. ... Physical Features of the Human Body The human body is the entire physical structure of a human organism. ...


Spurlock starts the month with breakfast near his home in Manhattan, where there are an average of four McDonald's (and 66,950 residents, and twice as many commuters) per square mile (2.6 km²). He also elects to ride in taxis more often, since he aims to keep the distances he walks in line with the 5,000 steps (approximately one mile) walked per day by the average American. Spurlock has several stipulations which govern his eating habits: For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... For specific countries see Taxicabs around the world. ...

  • He must fully eat three McDonald's meals per day (this means he must force himself to eat when he starts getting full)
  • He must sample every item on the McDonald's menu at least once over the course of the 30 days
  • He must only ingest items on the menu. This includes bottled water. Any and all outside consumption of food is prohibited.
  • He must eat a McDonald's salad every tenth meal
  • He must "Super Size" his meal whenever, and only when, the option is offered to him.
  • He will attempt to walk about as much as a typical American, based on a suggested figure of 5,000 steps per day[1], but this was not firm as he walked relatively more while in New York than Houston.

Day 2 brings Spurlock's first Super Size meal, which happens to be a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese meal, which takes him close to an hour to eat. He experiences steadily increasing "McStomachaches" during the process, which culminates in Spurlock vomiting in the parking lot. A 1. ... Supersize was a trademark that referred to the largest portion size available in meals offered by McDonalds. ... The Quarter Pounder is a sandwich sold by international fast food chain McDonalds. ...


After five days Spurlock has gained almost 10 pounds (4.5 kg). It is not long before he finds himself with a feeling of depression, and he finds that his bouts of depression, lethargy, and headaches are relieved by a McDonald's meal. One doctor describes him as "addicted." He has soon gained another 10 pounds, putting his weight at 203 lb (92 kg). By the end of the month he weighs about 210 pounds (95.5 kg), an increase of almost 25 pounds (11 kg). Because he could only eat McDonald's food for a month, Spurlock refused to take any medication at all. In everyday language depression refers to any downturn in mood, which may be relatively transitory and perhaps due to something trivial. ... Fatigue is a feeling of excessive tiredness or lethargy, with a desire to rest, perhaps to sleep. ... A headache (cephalgia in medical terminology) is a condition of pain in the head; sometimes neck or upper back pain may also be interpreted as a headache. ...


Spurlock's girlfriend, Alexandra Jamieson, attests to the fact that Spurlock has lost much of his energy and sex drive during his experiment. It was not clear at the time if Spurlock would be able to complete the full month of the high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet, and friends and family began to express worry. For other uses, see Libido (disambiguation). ... Lactose is a disaccharide found in milk. ...


Around day 20, Spurlock experiences heart palpitations. Consultation with his concerned general practitioner, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, reveals that Spurlock's liver is "pâté," and the doctor advises him to stop what he is doing immediately to avoid any serious health problems. He compares Spurlock with the protagonist in the movie Leaving Las Vegas who deliberately drinks himself to death over a similar time period. Despite this warning, Spurlock decides to continue the experiment. He later stated in an interview that despite worries and objections from most of the people close to him, it was his older brother who tipped the balance with his remark, "Morgan, people eat this shit their whole lives. Do you really think it'll kill you after 9 more days?" The heart and lungs, from an older edition of Grays Anatomy. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Various pâtés and terrines Salmon terrine, with a cream and herb sauce A slice of Bloc de foie gras Pâté (French pronunciation: ; RP pronunciation: ; General American pronunciation ) is a form of spreadable paste, usually made from meat (although vegetarian variants exist), and often served with toast as... For other uses, see Leaving Las Vegas (disambiguation). ...


Spurlock makes it to day 30 and achieves his goal. In thirty days, he "Supersized" his meals nine times along the way (five of which were in Texas). All three doctors are surprised at the degree of deterioration in Spurlock's health. One of them states that the irreversible damage done to his liver could cause a heart attack even if he lost all the weight gained during the experiment. He notes that he has eaten more McDonald's meals than an average American should eat in 8 years. For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Heart attack redirects here. ...


Findings

Text at the conclusion of the movie states that it took Spurlock five months to lose 20 pounds (9 kg) and another nine months to return to his original weight. His girlfriend (now wife) Alexandra Jamieson, a vegan chef, began supervising his recovery with her "detox diet," which became the basis for her book, entitled The Great American Detox Diet.[2] This article is about a female partner. ... For other uses, see Wife (disambiguation). ... Alexandra Jamieson is the girlfriend, now fiancée, of independent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. ... Hens kept in cramped conditions — the avoidance of animal suffering is the primary motivation of people who become vegans A vegan is a person who avoids the ingestion or use of animal products. ... For other uses, see Chef (disambiguation). ... Detox, short for detoxification, in general is the removal of toxic substances from the body. ... Diet may mean: In nutrition: Diet (nutrition), the sum of the food consumed by an organism or group. ...


Alongside Spurlock's personal travails are interviews and sections detailing various factors that could account for the high obesity rates in the United States. He discusses the lack of healthy food available in many U.S. schools, the "luring in" of youth by advertising and McDonald's kid-friendly play parks and clowns, and the relationship between food companies' stockholder profit and their customer health concerns. Advert redirects here. ... Clowning redirects here. ...


Like Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, the film alleges there is a dark side of the fast food industry. "The bottom line, they're a business, no matter what they say, and by selling you unhealthy food, they make millions, and no company wants to stop doing that." The movie ends with a rhetorical question, "Who do you want to see go first, you or them?" with a cartoon tombstone for Ronald McDonald ("1954-2012") as a backdrop. The cartoon of the tombstone originated in The Economist where it appeared in an article addressing the ethics of marketing toward children.[3] Eric Schlosser (born 1959) is an American journalist and author. ... For the film, see Fast Food Nation (film). ... A rhetorical question is a figure of speech in the form of a question posed for rhetorical effect rather than to receive an answer. ... The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by The Economist Newspaper Ltd and edited in London. ...


In the DVD release of the movie, a short epilogue was added about McDonald's recent emphasis of healthier menu items such as salads. It is shown that these can contain even more calories than hamburgers, if the customer piles cheese and dressing on them. It has also been shown that, with enough cheese and dressing on them, salads can contain more calories than an entire wedding cake.


Reaction

The film opened in the U.S. on May 7, 2004, and grossed a total of $28,548,087 worldwide, making it the 7th highest grossing documentary film of all time.[4] It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary but lost to the film Born into Brothels. is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Academy Award for Documentary Feature is one of the most prestigious awards for documentary films. ... Born into Brothels: Calcuttas Red Light Kids is a 2004 American documentary film about the children of prostitutes in Sonagachi, Calcuttas red light district. ...


Criticism

Critics of the film, such as McDonald's, argue that the results were because the author intentionally consumed an average of 5,000 calories per day and did not exercise, and that the results would have been the same regardless of the source of the overeating.[citation needed]


The film addresses such objections by highlighting that a part of the reason for Spurlock's deteriorating health was not just the high caloric intake but also the high quantity of fat relative to vitamins and minerals in the McDonald's menu, which is similar in that regard to the nutritional content of the menus of most other U.S. fast-food chains or processed, frozen, or canned foods.


About 1/3 of his calories came from sugar. His nutritionist, Bridget Bennett RD, chided him about his excess intake of sugar from "milkshakes and cokes". It is revealed toward the end of the movie that over the course of the diet, he consumed "over 30 pounds of sugar from their food".[5] The nutritional side of the diet was not fully explored in the film because of the closure, during the 30 days, of the clinic which was monitoring this aspect. The movie does not discuss the availability of diet soft-drinks (save only to mention that they are but one of nine sugar-free menu items), which could have greatly reduced his excess caloric consumption, nor does it discuss his caffeine levels, which could also have contributed to his moodiness and irregular energy.


Spurlock claimed he was trying to imitate what an average diet for a regular eater at McDonald's, for a person who would get little to no exercise, would do to them. But it is highly unlikely that 5,000 calories per day is an average diet for a typical consumer of McDonald's or any other food source.[citation needed] It is also unlikely that many McDonald's customers eat there three times per day. Morgan said that he was eating in thirty days the amount of fast food most nutritionists suggest someone should eat in eight years.[6] Spurlock did theorize during the course of the film, however, that the average McDonald's consumer likely wasn't eating other, healthier foods in the interim.


Impact

Subsequent to the showing of the film at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, McDonald's phased out its Supersize meal option and began offering healthier menu items in addition to its customary fare, though McDonald's denied that this was in reaction to the movie. The corporation did, however, issue a press release on their website, denouncing Spurlock's film and blaming the filmmaker for being a part of the problem, and not the solution. The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ...


The film received the highest-ever opening for a documentary in Australia, and within two weeks of release, it sparked a massive negative ad campaign, with McDonald's admitting the essential unhealthiness of their food but blaming the customer for overindulging. Russo stated to News Limited that customers had been surprised that the company had not addressed the claims. McDonald's placed a 30-second ad spot in the opening trailers of all viewings of Super Size Me and also offered to pay movie theaters to allow McDonald's employees to distribute apples to patrons as they exited the film.[citation needed] 1211 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue), where News Corporation is based News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: , LSE: NCRA) is an American media conglomerate company and one of the worlds largest. ... This article is about the fruit. ...


In the United Kingdom, McDonald's placed a brief ad in the trailers of showings of the film, pointing to the website www.supersizeme-thedebate.co.uk (archive). The ads simply stated, "See what we disagree with. See what we agree with."


In April 2006, when British newspaper The Guardian distributed a free DVD of the film, McDonald's placed a full-page advertisement on the back, which included a telephone number for complaints. For other uses, see Guardian. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


This movie's creation gave Spurlock an idea: a show entitled 30 Days, which now airs on the American channel FX, British channel More 4, and formely on Australian Network Ten. 30 Days is a reality television show on FX, created and introduced by Morgan Spurlock. ... FX may refer to: FX (TV network), a cable/satellite television network FX (UK), a television channel in the United Kingdom, Italy and Portugal. ... More4 is a digital television channel produced by United Kingdom broadcaster Channel 4. ... Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three major commercial television networks. ...


Alternative experiments

Various similar experiments were made in response to Super Size Me, in an effort to provide alternative scenarios or refute the impressions made by the film. These experiments, however, were mainly balanced diets and healthy eating programs, capable of demonstrating that it is possible to eat from the McDonald's menu without upsetting one's health. At the same time, Super Size Me and these similar experiments fall short of illustrating the healthiness of a typical McDonald's consumer's choice (the quintessential "burger, Coke and fries" meal). Alternate studies do not address the alterations that occurred to Spurlock's blood chemistry, but Super Size Me did not show that this was a special characteristic of fast-food diets, and not high-calorie diets in general or the lack of exercise. The wave shape (known as the dynamic ribbon device) present on all Coca-Cola cans throughout the world derives from the contour of the original Coca-Cola bottles. ...

  • At Linköping University Swedish scientist Fredrik Nyström repeated the experiment under laboratory conditions, raising the calorie intake by fast food to 6000 calories per day for seven of his students. Physical exercise was discouraged; participants in the study were even issued free bus passes in the hopes that they would not walk even short distances. The calories also did not have to come exclusively from fast food per se, as long as most of the calories still came in the form of saturated fats. Students who fell short of their intake were given high-calorie shakes at bedtime. The results of the experiment were different than those in Spurlock's film. While the participants gained 5-15% extra weight during the study, and complained of feeling "tired and bloated", no mood swings were observed. "Significant" changes in the participants' livers were observed, but Nyström noted that these changes were "never even close to dangerous". Nyström ultimately decided that individual variations in metabolism could have a massive effect on a subject's response to such a diet. He also conjectured that Spurlock's apparently extreme reaction to his own experiment might have been due to undiagnosed liver problems, or his partially vegan diet, which rendered his metabolism ill-suited to deal with a diet that high in carbohydrates and saturated fat.[7]
  • In New Jersey, documentary filmmaker Scott Caswell also performed a pro-McDonald's experiment. The results of his diet can be seen in his movie, Bowling for Morgan. It can be seen for free at BowlingForMorgan.com. Like Spurlock, Caswell consumed only McDonald's food but generally opted for the healthier choices and did not gorge himself—a fact that Caswell often compares to the overeating done by Spurlock, who was often seen forcing himself to eat when he was not hungry. Over the course of the experiment, he lost 20 pounds and his cholesterol fell sharply. However, Caswell's film depicted him eating many Premium Salads from McDonald's that were not available during the making of Super Size Me. Caswell does not reveal the details of his experiment, such as what meals he eats or their nutritional content.
  • Soso Whaley, of Kensington, New Hampshire, made her own film about dieting at McDonald's, called Me and Mickey D. The film follows Whaley as she spends three 30-day periods on the diet. She dropped from 175 to 139 pounds, eating 2,000 calories per day at McDonald's. The film was funded by the Competitive Enterprise Institute (Whaley holds a C.E.I. fellowship).
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, resident Merab Morgan went on a 90-day diet in which she ate at McDonald's exclusively, but she limited her intake to 1,400 calories per day. She lost 37 pounds in the process.
  • San Antonio, Texas resident Deshan Woods went on a 90-day diet in which he lost nearly 14 pounds. He documented the entire experiment on his website LiquidCalories.com. His overall health improved while sticking to a diet mainly in burgers and fries. He stayed away from sugary drinks and stuck to non-caloric beverages instead. His average caloric intake was 2,500 calories a day, which included 130 grams of fat. His cholesterol dropped from 204 to around 160.
  • By way of comparison, the Starvation Study conducted at the University of Minnesota in 1944-45 used a starvation diet of approximately 1,570 calories per day on conscientious objectors for six months, causing an average 25% loss in body weight, simulating the loss of residents of the Warsaw Ghetto. The starvation study found for purposes of weight loss—and subsequent weight gain—it really did not matter what food was eaten: what mattered was how many calories were consumed. The focus of that study was not on blood chemistry, cholesterol, or liver function.
  • Professor James Painter, chair of Eastern Illinois University’s School of Family and Consumer Sciences, made the documentary Portion Size Me. The film follows two graduate students, one a 254-pound male and the other a 108-pound female, as they ate a fast-food diet for a month but in portions appropriate for their size. Both students lost weight and their cholesterol improved by the end of the experiment.[8]
  • Keiji Matsumoto, a civilian in Urayasu, Japan, tried to live with McDonald's food for 30 days. This trial was held twice, in 2004 and 2006, both describing his experiences in blogs, with no changes in weight and health. These experiences are made into a book (ISBN 4-3966-1268-0).
  • in 2001 - in Norway, The musician / performer Christoffer Schau spent several weeks in a storefront window in downtown Oslo, eating only fast food and not exercising at all. He spent his time in bed or in a chair watching tv or playing videogames. The project was called "Forfall" or "Degeneration" and aired daily on TV and radio. One could also follow Christoffer's degeneration live on the internet, where his vital functions were continuously posted. (In Norwegian http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kristopher_Schau )
  • The Truth About Size Zero, the reverse of this film, reflecting the dangers of undereating.

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"The Smoking Fry"

Spurlock also filmed another demonstration which he called "The Smoking Fry." It can be seen in the special features of the film's DVD. While he terms it an experiment, there is no hypothesis or controls. In this demonstration, he leaves McDonald's food (an order of French Fries, a Big Mac, a Filet-O-Fish, a Chicken McGrill, and a Quarter Pounder with cheese) along with a burger and fries from a "slow food" type of restaurant in jars in order to see the rate at which the different meals decomposed. The burger and fries from the alternate restaurant decomposed quickly, as did most of the McDonald's food, with the exception of the Big Mac and the McDonald's french fries. The Big Mac lasted five weeks, but the fries did not even begin decomposing during the ten-week experiment.[9] French fried potatoes, commonly known as French fries or fries (North America) or chips (United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Commonwealth) are pieces of potato that have been chopped into batons and deep fried. ... For other uses, see Big Mac (disambiguation). ... The Filet-O-Fish is a fish sandwich that has been sold by McDonalds since 1963. ... The Quarter Pounder is a sandwich sold by international fast food chain McDonalds. ... A restaurant placard, Santorini The Slow Food movement was founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy as a resistance movement to combat fast food and claims to preserve the cultural cuisine and the associated food plants and seeds, domestic animals, and farming within an ecoregion. ...


Through this demonstration, Spurlock refrains from speculating on why the Big Mac and fries do not decompose more quickly. He implies by his tone that it is unnatural for food to last so long, and seems to be shunting the viewer toward the hypothesis that the decay is forestalled by preservatives detrimental to the health of McDonald's consumers, while carefully side-stepping a lawsuit over putting forward unsubstantiated claims.


See also

Donald Gorske of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is a Big Mac enthusiast who has eaten over 20,000 Big Mac cheeseburgers in his lifetime, winning a place in the 2005 Guinness Book of Records in the process. ... Jared S. Fogle (born December 1, 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana), also known as The Subway Guy, is a spokesman employed by Subway Restaurants in its television advertising campaign. ... Measuring body weight on a scale Dieting is the practice of ingesting food in a regulated fashion to achieve a particular objective. ... McDonalds Corporation (NYSE: MCD) is the worlds largest chain of fast-food restaurants, primarily selling hamburgers, chicken, french fries, milkshakes and soft drinks. ... The National Weight Control Registry is a United States register of people (18 years or older) who have lost at least 14 kg (30 lb) of weight and kept it off for at least one year. ...

References

  1. ^ Figure supplied by Mark Fenton, former editor Walking Magazine, in scene from movie
  2. ^ Jamieson, Alex. The Great American Detox Diet. HowToBeFit.com. Retrieved on 2007-05-15.
  3. ^ Spurlock, in audio commentary track
  4. ^ Documentary Movies, 1982-Present. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-05-15.
  5. ^ Scenes from movie. About 1800 calories in a lb of sugar, of nearly 5000 calories consumed per day, accounts for just under 36% percent of his caloric intake
  6. ^ Spurlock, in the movie, and again on the DVD commentary track
  7. ^ Blomkvist, Martin. (2006). "Only Another 5,500 Calories to Go...". The Guardian UK. Retrieved July 30, 2007.
  8. ^ EIU Prof's 'Portion Size Me' Says Bring on the Fast Food -- In Moderation. Eastern Illinois University (2005-10-17). Retrieved on 2007-05-15.
  9. ^ Super Size Me - Fastfood Test (2006-06-23). Retrieved on 2007-05-15.

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External links

  • Official website
  • Online discussion on weight gain issues looked at in Super Size Me
  • Super Size Me at the Internet Movie Database
  • Udo Pollmer about Super Size Me (German)
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