View Full Version : Anyone Like McDonalds?

01-26-2004, 05:51 PM
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.' "

01-26-2004, 06:00 PM
Thinking after this article they will have to rename their "Happy Meals"...

01-26-2004, 06:02 PM
:barfing: McDonald's :barfing: :barfing:

01-26-2004, 06:10 PM

Nice piece, and I would love to see that independant flick, I hope it gets picked up. I love individual documentaries!

Lucky Leo
01-26-2004, 06:45 PM
Great bit Monte I used to like Mc Donalds but havent eaten there in about 9 months. Now I know why I feel so good.

07-20-2006, 04:55 PM
bump for Dime :D:

07-20-2006, 04:57 PM
I doubt the validity of this article. I don't dispute fast food but I doubt it would have that effect after only 30 days.

07-20-2006, 04:58 PM
I doubt the validity of this article. I don't dispute fast food but I doubt it would have that effect after only 30 days.

It did, i saw the movie! :)

07-20-2006, 04:59 PM
It did, i saw the movie! :)
No shit! I thought this was one of those hoax stories that get passed via email.

07-20-2006, 05:00 PM
no it is true

07-20-2006, 05:01 PM
no it is true, have you not seen dime
that's rude jc

07-20-2006, 05:01 PM
i'm down for that

07-20-2006, 06:34 PM
he was on Opie & Anthony the other day, and has a weekly show called 30 days, I think its on FX or something

07-20-2006, 08:29 PM
I like McDonalds

Filet O Fish and Big Macs are excellent

Prolly cant eat it for more than 2 days in a row....but once in a while I wouldnt mind a Mac combo with a fillet on the side

Tasty to say the least


07-20-2006, 08:30 PM
Im only 28 years....I prolly wont be saying this in a few years though


07-20-2006, 10:09 PM
I would like to see Ronald McDonald and The King go at it in the Octagan. No Holds Barrred- to the death....

07-21-2006, 03:14 PM
I don't drink, smoke, am not overweight and don't have too many vices(yeah I do gamble), but I do go to MacDonalds once a week and let myself go with a quarter punder with Cheese(I get it plain), a large fries, a large coke and an apple pie for dessert.
I have been doing it for a long time with no plans to stop;you can't stop living.

07-21-2006, 03:19 PM
i'm down for that

shocking :rolleyes:

07-21-2006, 07:08 PM
What's McDonalds,


07-21-2006, 07:08 PM
Is McDonalds hiring? Tired of the hut


07-21-2006, 07:14 PM
jc is so far out there that he lives in Louisville and has never heard of Kentucky Fried Chicken!

07-23-2006, 11:17 AM
Chad Johnson says he eats McDonald's everyday for breakfast and that dude is ripped.