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Jason Holliston
 
Friday, May 07, 2004  
Fast Food Propaganda Wars

Some of you might have heard about a documentary made called "Super Size Me", which premiered at Sundance in January of this year. It follows the movie's maker, Morgan Spurlock, through a month of eating only McDonald's, every day for a month. He ends up gaining 25 pounds and, according to his doctor, hurting his health dramatically. The movie's been celebrated throughout many circles as a scathing indictment of the fast food industry, and the American people as a whole.

Then Soso Whaley, an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, came along and copied the month-long McDonald's habit, but this time limited herself to only 1800 calories a day. She ate everything on the menu at least once, but injected limitations on the amount of food she ate (Spurlock would eat 5000 calories on many days). She ended up losing 10 pounds, lowering her cholesterol count by 40 points, and she says she feels great.

The article on The American Spectator pretty much sums up my feeling on the subject, but I'd like to add one thing -- it's not where you eat that affects your health so much. McDonald's is fine, as is Taco Bell, Ruth's Chris Steak House, or Denny's. Rather, it's what and how much you eat that matters. I'd love to see a brave soul eat 5000 calories a day of only organic vegan food, while not exercising, for a month. I'm betting the results would be almost identical to Spurlock's experiment. But hey, at least you wouldn't have killed some cows and chickens, right?

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