- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425210235
- ASIN: B000NO1CPA
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America Paperback – 2005
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I had heard of Mr. Spurlock's documentary "Super Size Me" when it came out over a year ago and remembered seeing the trailers on television showing an individual (the author of this book) that ate McDonald's food (and ONLY McDonald's food) for a month. I remembered seeing him turn from a lean young adult into a man with a bulge in his tummy, and I remembered how towards the end of the trailer he didn't look like a very lively person any longer. When I saw the trailer I immediately wanted to see this film but then it was out of the theaters and didn't get the opportunity to finally watch this entertaining story until recently (and after I finished reading "Don't Eat This Book").
For anyone that has seen "Super Size Me", I think "Don't Eat This Book" is even better. As is usual, the book form is able to go into even greater detail than what you see in the documentary, and Mr. Spurlock adds information such as:
Lab test results of McDonald's food and how the #s compare to the ones the big M advertises (hint: they are worse than what the company states)
A list of all the food companies that cigarette companies own but don't want you to know about (the # of companies and brands is shocking)
My personal favorite being how long McDonald's food will last if left out in the open to rot like regular organic matter should (hint: we're not talking hours or days or even weeks here people, try YEARS)
I would estimate that over my lifetime I have probably drank over 20,000 soft drinks (I wish I was kidding) and that comes out to probably somewhere around over 3 MILLION CALORIES (from sodas alone)!!!Read more ›
Essentially, Spurlock discusses his impetus to go on the project-- 30 days of nothing but McDonald's food and decreasing his physical activity to match that of an "average" American. The results are astounding-- I won't ruin the movie (or the book) by discussing it in depth, but suffice to say that the increased consumption of saturated fats, calories, and lack of nutrients has an overt negative effect. Spurlock also discusses the difficulty he had afterwards with shedding the excess weight he gained.
But perhaps more importantly-- Spurlock discusses nutrition and fitness, in our homes, in our school systems. He discusses what makes a successful lifestyle change (and note that he doesn't really talk about diets per se-- his comment is that any diet is invariably doomed to failure due to the temporary nature of it). He also evaluates any number of fad diets, including a good slam at the low carb craze and Atkins diet (which caused me to be confused as to why a previous reviewer seemed to indicate he was advocating a low carb lifestyle). He also discusses Jared and the Subway diet and really analyzes why Jared lost so much weight-- the conclusions are what most people trying to lose weight doesn't want to hear-- the only way to lose weight is to eat better and exercise more.Read more ›
The average school cafeteria has replaced its food with sugary and sweet items like pizza and soda, that is, if the cafeteria hasn't actually been turned into a food court. Cash-strapped schools are obligated to let soda and candy vending machines in school, for a cut of the money, while physical education is being eliminated. Diabetes is supposed to be an "adult" disease; in the last few years, it has started to show up in children under 10 years old. Most nutritionists recommend limiting fast food to no more than once a month. How many people, or families, can honestly say that they can do that? In 2005, obesity related diseases will come close to smoking as the biggest killer of Americans; the estimate is that 400,000 people will die from such diseases. As an experiment, put a plate of McDonald's fries under glass, for several months. What will happen to the fries? The answer is: basically nothing. They might start to smell, but there will be little or no decomposition to the fries. One can only wonder what is in the fries or the vegetable oil to cause this to happen.
Part of this book is also a chronicle of his 30 days on the "McDonald's Diet" for the film. He got three different doctors to independently keep an eye on his health, which basically fell apart. He suffered bad headaches and chest pains, he couldn't focus mentally and his cholesterol and blood pressure rose dramatically. Oh, and he also gained more than 24 pounds.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually liked Supersize Me back in the day so I borrowed this book on CD from my library, but listening to Mr. Spurlock's voice is excruciating after several hours. Read morePublished 13 months ago by smichal
After watching Morgan Spurlock's hilarious documentary "Super Size Me" where he lived on nothing but Mickey D's food for 30 days, I expected more from this book. Read morePublished on October 7, 2014 by NHBunion
ahhhhhh i think i could of used my time beter by well... i have no idea but it would have better used perhaps read faust of kierkigaurd or learning how to spell thier namesPublished on March 10, 2014 by louis geannopoulos
This is a true story written by Morgan Spurlock, I had to watch the film "Super Size Me", when I was in middle school health class. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Dian H. Carlson
This book continues where the movie super size me left off. way before the idea of the film came about. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Chad Frey
Wonderful book. I highly recommend it to all those who care about their health. A real wake up call! So informative.Published on November 14, 2013 by Joseph Rezaei
I picked up this book by accident, unaware that it even existed as a counterpart to Spurlock's famous film. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Jonathan Groner