So last night, we (finally) watched SUPER SIZE ME. I’ve been hesitant to watch it since it came out. Mostly because I thought it had a different premise that it actually does. I had to sit through the first 15mins or so during my creative writing class this summer and found myself intrigued by it. So last night, Todd and I watched it.
Morgan Spurlock, for one, is hilarious. He made the documentary really fun to watch, even though the topic itself was already interesting.
If you don’t know the documentary, the brief run-down is the Spurlock embarks on a 30-day McDonald’s binge. For every meal, he has to eat at McD’s, he has to eat one of every item on the menu and if (and ONLY if) asked to SuperSize, he has to do it. The whole thing is just to see what will happen to his body. He starts the adventure basically is peak physical condition…6’2″ and 185lbs is GREAT actually.
The thing that I found most interesting about the whole movie was how great he STILL looked by the end of it. In 30 days, he’d “only” gained about 17lbs and didn’t appear to be overweight. That’s the tricky part. There are so many people that often perceive weight and synonymous with health. The fact is, it’s not. His liver was about to completely crap out on him and his cholesterol and triglycerides had damn near TRIPLED. But if you’d have see this guy on the streets, you’d never have known that he was “near death”. His three doctors and his nutritionist all recommended that he stop the “experiment” immediately (this was on day 21), which he refused to do. He found himself getting severely depressed and physically ill….heart palpitations, back pain, blah blah blah. In fact, the only time he was happy near the end of the “diet” was when he was eating. Interesting.
The thing that prompted this whole adventure was Spurlock hearing about a law suit that two teenage girls had filed against McDonald’s for their overweight-ness.
That lawsuit enraged me. Big time.
Frankly, what the fuck has happened to personal responsibility in this country?!? We’re such a sorry bunch of whiners…it makes me sick. Everyone wants to point to someone or something else, make it someone else’s fault that they have this problem or that issue or whatever else. It’s vile.
My favorite part of the documentary was when Jared the Subway Guy went to a high school to do this motivational speaking thing. Afterward, a 17-year-old girl was talking to him and then, cut to interview ala The Office, and the girl (who is grossly overweight mind you) is crying (literally) about how “it’s hard because here’s this guy who lost all this weight and he’s telling me to just eat a sandwich twice a day…well, it’s really HARD when you don’t have much money” blah blah blah.
I think my exact words at that moment were: GET OFF YOUR ASS!
Seriously. Spurlock did “man on the street” interviews and ran into two VERY healthy looking black kids and they were going on and on and on about how they eat McD’s every day…would eat it for every meal if they could! So why did they look SO good and SO healthy? I’ll play the stereotype card here: they probably walk everywhere and play endless hours of basketball every single day. It’s pretty basic nutritional math, kids. Burn more than you take in.
Now before you jump down my throat about being unsympathetic or whatever, let me state that I understand that there are extreme circumstances regarding weight loss. Sometimes, it’s a seriously daunting task that only extreme measures can begin to help. I know of and have heard of plenty of people for whom gastric bypass is the only real option.
But when a 17-year-old girl, who is probably only about 75lbs overweight, is whining and moaning about not being able to afford Subway everyday, that’s when I get irritated. C’mon. Get a bike. Walk to school. Join a friggin’ gym. Eat less. See a therapist. I mean, quit whining and DO something.
I’m so tired of people not taking responsibility for themselves or their issues. I know I do it too. I KNOW that I complain about things that are changeable. Humans – hell, AMERICANS – do this.
But you can’t go around slapping corporations with lawsuits because of lack of self-control. It’s total madness.
And that lawsuit got thrown out. Like it should have.
Oh and Spurlock almost all of the weight he gained…..in about 4 months.