Monday, March 17, 2014

The Super Size Challenge

by: Benj Ramos

Super Size Me is an docu-experiment where the first time director, Morgan Spurlock narrator/main character vows to eat nothing but Mcdonalds for 30 days. He calls it, "the Mc Diet". This is in relation to a law suit filed by the parents of two kids against the fastfood chain indicating that Mcdonald's promotion of Super Size caused the obesity of their children. The ending of this Sundance favorite is best to be left unspoiled.

The story runs chronologically that's why it's easy to understand. The director makes the story comprehensive and accurate. For someone who doesn't understand medical and nutrition related-terms, the film makes it informative for you. Very timely indeed because America has been on top of the list of obesity.

The film states the obvious. What do you expect after a healthy man engages in a 30 day diet of Big Macs and fries and soda? The result is predictable. Other than gaining weight, behavioral effects, and health issues, I do not see other clear motive of this documentary. 

It allows you to look at the facts and speak for itself. It may seem a black propaganda for the popular fastfood chain in the world because who the hell would eat Mcdonalds and make it a meal 3 times a day for 30 days? and besides, saturated fats and cholesterol are almost available in every food that we eat, not just in Ronald Mcdonalds menu.

Overall it's an entertaining film from a dangerous human experiment. The concept is original and disgusting. It is so amazing how a serious issue like obesity can be treated in a humorous way. The film also looks at Mcdonalds advertisement and promotions and how it influence consumers in decision-making.

It all boils down to self discipline. Remember that anything beyond moderation is dangerous.

I give it an 8 out of 10 shots of espresso!