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?