- Four deleted scenes
- Interview with Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation
- Extra interviews
- The Last Supper: recipes from healthy chef Alex
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Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock makes himself a test subject in this documentary about the commercial food industry. After eating a diet of McDonald's fast food, three times a day for a month straight, Spurlock proves the physical and mental effects of consuming fast food. Spurlock also provides a look at the food culture in America through it's schools, corporations, and politics. "Super Size Me" is a movie that sheds a new light on what has become one of our nation's biggest health problems: obesity.
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, rejected five times by the USC film school, won the best director award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for this alarmingly personal investigation into the health hazards wreaked by our fast food nation. Under extensive medical supervision, Spurlock subjects himself to a steady diet of McDonald's cuisine for 30 days just to see what happens. In less than a week, his ordinarily fit body and equilibrium undergo dark and ugly changes: Spurlock grows fat, his cholesterol rockets north, his organs take a beating, and he becomes subject to headaches, mood swings, symptoms of addiction, and lessened sexual energy. The gimmick is too obvious to sustain a feature documentary; Spurlock actually spends most of the film probing insidious ways that fast food companies worm their way into school lunchrooms and the hearts of young children who spend hours in McDonald's playrooms. French fries never looked more nauseating. --Tom KeoghSee all Editorial Reviews
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If I cooked beef burgers and made home made oil fried french fries every day, while eating over 3000-4000 calories of food, drinking a 2 liter of soda and eating ice cream for 30 days, while not working out/being active I would gain weight and eventually start to have health problems. That is called the science of how your body works! This guy is an "idiot" for trying to clam Mcdonald's will cause all these health problems for you, when he is obviously overeating. A normal person eating fast food once a day, while also being active physically is not gonna have these kinds of health problems.
I will say this though, I worked for McDonald's in the early 2000s, and after watching the "Founder" movie about Ray Kroc and the immoral person he was, I have definitely had my doubts about the companies willingness to have the best ingredients for their customers. Just have to say that as someone who worked there for years and met people who worked there for decades, this movie is way overexaggerated...
I had seen the movie before when it was released in 2004. Was happy to see this on Amazon. In general I think it's good. Gives good information while also adding humor.
Spurlock relates statistics on exercise and obesity, including the estimate that one third of Americans born in 2000 may develop diabetes. The narrator interviewed lawyers, academics, doctors, media figures, and government officials about excessive fast food consumption and its effect on our nation. The narrator also shows how fast food companies market to children to hook them on their products for life.
The narrator underwent regular weigh-ins and blood work during the process, and the movie shows the drastic effects of this diet on the body after a month. Spurlock lists twenty medical conditions commonly exacerbated by obesity. A warning for parents of children who might watch the documentary: there is one scene that shows stomach-size reduction surgery for a man who could simply not control his eating and drinking, and other scene that discusses the effects of excess weight on intimacy. There is also scattered profanity in the film.
Fast food is processed food, and I can add my own personal warning about one of the restaurant's sandwiches. Early in 1992, I became hooked on the McRib, eating one every week before going to a gathering at my college that I used to attend on Tuesday nights. After a couple of months, I abruptly decided to drop that habit--on the final Friday evening in April that year, I got severe food poisoning from a McRib and was sick all weekend.
The bonus features on this DVD include scenes not used in the documentary and an interview with "Fast Food Nation" author Eric Schlosser.