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POLICY: Super Size This! By John Pluenneke

Supersizeposte200_1 As if the US fast food industry didn’t have enough worries with new labeling rules under discussion at the FDA and the campaign for healthy school foods being led in California by the Governator, there is more bad news on the way. Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me has been edited down and re-released so that it can be shown to middle school and high school audiences.  The film, which shows Spurlock’s physical deterioration over the course of a month as he consumes a steady diet of Big Macs, fries and sodas, has won praise from nutritionists for its depiction of the health problems junk food can lead to.  Perhaps objectionable segments, like the moment where Spurlock’s vegan chef girlfriend discusses the impact of his fast food diet on his penis with almost eery clinical detachment have been edited
out.   What sort of impact could the film have? According to a
report in Newsday, students in New York went on strike last week after watching the film, demanding healthier food. Could this mean a wave of radical civil disobedience might follow at school cafeterias and vending machines across the country? 

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ashley
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Like spammer in pure discussion.

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I have a secret theory that the obesity epidemic can be connected to the explosion in diagnosis of depression & use of pharmaceuticals to treat depression. This theory is based only on anecdotal evidence – discussions with a number of women who all relate a period of rapid weight gain and subsequent difficulty in managing their weight to a period of taking SSRI anti-depressants. Matt challenged me to do some actual research on this, and I made a stab at it before my current troubles cropped up. I did find articles that estimated that 10% of the population was depressed,… Read more »

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From California Healthline: Schwarzenegger Plans Conference To Address Obesity in California April 18, 2005 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is planning a summit conference with researchers, business leaders and medical experts to establish a plan to address obesity among California residents, according to aides to the governor, the Sacramento Bee reports (Sanders, Sacramento Bee, 4/18). As part of his state budget plan, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) in January proposed providing $6 million for the California Obesity Initiative, a new project that has received support from some health experts and criticism from others, who say more funding is needed to address obesity… Read more »

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It seems an unfortunate reality these days. In order to be heard above the din of MTV, sound bytes and the ever present cell phone and iPod, one needs to be equally loud and outrageous. I wish it were not the case, but most people have very short attention spans, especially teenagers.
As evidenced by recent trends, fast food doesnt have to be so unhealthy. I am grateful to Spurlock and others like him for giving the fast food industry a little nudge.

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For me, it’s about the message. Sometimes you have to raise your voice in order to be heard. People don’t listen otherwise. That’s the reason a lot of documentaries like Spurlock’s – and Moore’s – are taking the confrontational approach. The idea isn’t to kill fast food, its to make people start to think about what they eat. Anyway, I somehow doubt the French Fry is in any danger of sudden extinction.

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If Spurlock’s film – however slanted against fast food – inspires kids to eat less fast food and eat more healthy food, then it has served its purpose. How can that be a bad thing?

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I just saw a commercial for Spurlock’s new TV series, where he spends 30 days doing various other things like hanging out in prison.
If he has an accident or develops a major health condition, I want him to spend 30 days without insurance…

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Seems ridiculous to me that the film will be re-released in a version to be shown to high school students. While I thoroughly enjoyed Supersize Me, it was obviously biased and significantly slanted. Les Sayer a teacher in Canada did his own version which included some exercise and actually lost weight and appears to have improved his health overall. Here’s the link. http://homepage.mac.com/lsayer/mcles/index.html Seems the time watching this film full of biased views and related propaganda would be better spent presenting sound researched based health and nutritional information. Unfortunately we all seem to want to blame someone else for our… Read more »