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Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America Paperback – January 1, 2005
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it is very informative. It is less about Morgan Spulocks debut film "Super-Size Me" and more about fast food, junk food over eating and nutrition. One
thing I particularly like about this book is that he goes in to detail about the caloric content of many fast foods going as far as comparing the caloric
intake of a meal at one fast food establishment to another which yield some surprising results. What you think is a healthy dining choice may not be at
all. Morgan stresses the importance of eating whole foods and home cooked meals. "Don't Eat This Book's" message is simple; If you eat good healthy food
and exercise you will be a healthy person, if you do the opposite you will not live a healthy and happy life. I reccomend this to anyone interested in
nutrition, health or obesity!
Don't Eat this Book gives support to the issues that Spurlock initiated with the documentary film. I'm using it as a text, along with Ruth Ozeki's My Year of Meat(s) and Thorstein Veblein's The Theory Of the Leisure Class, for a university course on Media and Culture, focusing on American media/corporations and hyperconsumption.
Don't Eat This Book is easy to read and jumpstarts the discussion. Read it and see if you aren't passionately talking about it with friends over, er, lunch!
It's pretty gross what they do to our food.....
A couple years ago, I greatly enjoyed Morgan Spurlock's wonderful documentary movie/DVD "Supersize Me." It should be required viewing for all Americans. Then about a month ago, while browsing through the bargain bins of a large bookstore, I stumbled upon Spurlock's "Don't Eat This Book" for only $5.98. It's well worth it at twice the price. I bought it in an instant. This book, of course, is the companion to the "Supersize Me" movie/DVD.
All of the books or DVDs say about the same thing, but they say it in very different ways. Americans eat too much and they don't get enough exercise. Thus 2/3 of Americans are significantly overweight and the problem is getting worse every decade. Just look around you. In addition, the typical American diet is overloaded in fats, sugars. salt and deficient in fiber, whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Everyone seems to know this but solving the problem is another matter. Morgan Spurlock dips his oar into the murky water. I don't know that he sets forth anything that's new and startling, but he comes across as an excellent spokesman and provides information of which every American should be aware.
It's a good book. It's well written. He has good knowledge of nutrition. Plus, he's very funny while being deadly serious. The book is very entertaining at the same time as very educational. It's an unusaul combination. Spurlock takes on "big food," "fast food," congress, the USDA, the FDA and a host of other organizations that tend to rule our lives in one way or another. Read his account and then think about what he says. It may change your lifestyle for the better. Then read it again and again over the years just to maintain your lifestyle in a reasonible direction.
As a major part of the movie/book, Spurlock spent a month eating at the "Golden Arches." Every meal. If anyone suggested supersizing, he went along. Then he and a group of doctors/nutritionists chronicled what happened to him over that month. If you eat in any fast-food restaurants, or any restaurants for that matter you should read this account. It's eye opening, plus it's funny. Mickey D comes in for most of the pointed criticism, but the same thing could be applied to all. Personally, I think he came down a little too hard on Subway. After all, if you're knowledgeable you can get a perfectly acceptable meal there. Plus, it you really have to have a hamburger now and then he could have mentioned that In-and-Out makes theirs out of all fresh ingredients. But he was an easterner, and that's mostly in California.
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Morgan Spurlock writes in an entertaining, yet matter of fact way. I felt compelled to keep reading, yet I knew that I could never look at Fast Food the same way.
I haven't touched a Fast Food restuarant since reading the book, and don't think that I ever will again.
And I would recommend anyone else vaguely interested in the nastiness of the fast food market to do the same. I recieved the book on a Tuesday and finished it on the Friday; Spurlock sucked me into the same world that he did in his film. It got to me so much that I actually had a dream about McDonald's during the week I was reading it (I can't imagine how mad HE must have been driven during his month).
The book is less about his McMonth than it is about shocking the reader with McStats. As a vegetarian who boycotts fast food chains anyway, it made me doubly glad that I don't eat at these places. As with most "political/social commentary" books, sometimes the stats get a bit too much and it starts getting a little overwhelming (and at some points boring), but Morgan Spurlock injects little slices of humour at points to make you laugh and keep reading.
If you still eat at McDonald's after reading this book (and seeing the film), you're either weak-willed, mad, or too immersed in consumer culture to care. But huge amounts of KUDOS to Mr Spurlock for challenging the industry, and for making an impact.
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