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Carolyn O'Neil, journalist and author of The Dish: On Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous! says:dietician to watch someone force feed themselves and feel so bad.Fortunately we don't eat that way and healthy eating and healthy


    Aaron Walker


May 4, 2004

    ALERT! What You Need to Know About the Film Super Size Me

    Super Size Me & Morgan Spurlock: The Facts about Nutrition & Personal Responsibility


    ? Jim Glassman, host of Tech Central Station says, “Super Size Me is not a serious look at a

    real health problem. It is, instead, an outrageously dishonest and dangerous piece of self-

    promotion. Through his antics, Spurlock sends precisely the wrong message. He absolves us

    of responsibility for our own fitness.”

    ? Spurlock was once the producer and host of the short-lived MTV show “I Bet You Will.” The

    show’s theme—“stupidity pays.” For example, he filmed a man gulping down an entire 24-

    ounce jar of mayonnaise, and another person eating a clam out of a stranger’s armpit for cash.

    (The Con, cited April 19, 2004, Available from

    ? Super Size Me includes scene after scene of Spurlock gorging himself on excessive quantities

    of food and purposely limiting his physical activity. However, he has no medical or scientific

    expertise, nor offers any fact-based solutions. Spurlock has no professional training in health,

    nutrition or physical fitness.

    ? In the May 2004 edition of Esquire magazine, reporter Chuck Klosterman asks:

    “Does this movie [Super Size Me] make a valid point? No. […] By the third day of the

    experiment, he starts to act like a dying smack junkie. It all seems pretty sketchy. […] You

    could not sell a movie about eating fast food and feeling fine. And Spurlock didn’t just eat;

    he gorged himself at every possible turn. […] He was eating unreasonably on purpose.

    […] …the paradigm advocated by Super Size Me is wrong.”


    ? Dr. Ruth Kava, Director of Nutrition at the American Council on Science and Health (ASCH)


    “As a professional nutritionist, I think this movie does a disservice to the American people.

    Obesity is a serious issue in this country and the movie is not a serious attempt to answer

    it. It misleads people into thinking that eating a particular type of food or at a particular

    restaurant is the cause for a weight problem. That certainly is not the case.”


? Carolyn O’Neil, journalist and author of The Dish: On Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous! says:

    “I thought that Morgan Spurlock’s movie was disgusting. It was very difficult for me as a

    registered dietician to watch someone force feed themselves and feel so bad. He was

    overeating and he wasn’t getting the exercise that he needed. And that can happen no

    matter where you eat, even in your own home kitchen.”

? Georgia Kostas, Cooper Clinic Founder and former Director of Nutrition says:

    “I felt the movie was about extremes. In all my years of diet counseling I’ve never met

    anyone who could double their calories, double their fat, double their cholesterol and not

    expect to have some pretty extreme outcomes. Fortunately we don’t eat that way and

    healthy eating and healthy maintenance of weight is possible eating out at any restaurant,

    it’s just a matter of choices.”


    ? Morgan Spurlock purposely limited his physical activity.

? Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist D. Parvaz asks:

    “…so you ate more fast food than the average person, and you exercised less. With all

    due respect, what the heck did you think would happen to your body?” (“Size Does Matter”

    April 20, 2004.)

? As Richard Berman, executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom, has written:

    “Conspicuously absent from Spurlock’s blame-the-burger publicity drive is any mention of

    his physical activity. Nutritionists tell us that weight gain is just calories in vs. calories out. It

    doesn't really matter if the calories come in the form of Big Macs or brussels sprouts. Just

    ask Don Gorske (who is mentioned in the film). He's in the Guinness Book of Records for

    eating 19,000 Big Macs. Gorske is 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, and his cholesterol is a healthy

    155.” (“Super Size Me is just another sick reality show” Chicago Sun-Times, March 12,



? On March 10, 2004 the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the

    Personal Responsibility in Food Consumption Act. This bill bans “frivolous” lawsuits

    against restaurants by customers claiming the food made them obese.

? "Trial lawyers have targeted the fast-food industry as the next big tobacco by bringing these

    insane lawsuits," said the bill's author, Rep. Ric Keller, R-Florida.

? According Dr. Ruth Kava, Director of Nutrition at the American Council on Science and Health:

    “ACSH encourages consumers to educate themselves about the basis of healthy diets and

    lifestyles: all foods can be part of a healthy diet, just as over-consumption of any food can


    lead to an imbalance of both calories and nutrients. Obesity lawsuits against restaurants

    serve only the interests of litigators, not consumers.”


? Super Size Me creates a dangerous image of food and seems to poke fun at eating disorders.

? According to the National Eating Disorders Association, "In the United States, conservative

    estimates indicate that, after puberty, 5 to 10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and

    men are struggling with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or

    borderline conditions." Research has shown that approximately 40 percent of fourth graders

    have been on a "diet" once in a while. Eating disorders primarily affect people in their teens

    and twenties, but studies report disorders in children as young as 6 and individuals as old as


    ? Further, as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Women’s Health has

    noted in advising women about diet plans: “Avoid extreme diets -- avoid any program that

    eliminates any food group entirely. Any program that eliminates food variety is not good. If

    there are gadgets or gimmicks to use, run out of the door. … Look for a plan that gives you

    slow weight loss. One pound a week is good. You get a rebound effect if you lose weight too

    quickly. Does it promote eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and proteins? Stay away if it

    doesn't. Can you have your favorite foods? If you can't -- avoid it. You won't stick to a program

    where you can't eat what you like.”


? According to Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services, “Poor eating

    habits and inactivity are contributing factors to Americans’ declining health. There are small

    steps that we can take everyday to protect our health, including being physically active

    everyday and eating a nutritious diet.”

? It’s imperative to achieve the right balance between daily calorie intake and physical activity,

    and to help children adopt active, balanced lifestyle habits early on.

? According to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports fact sheet:

    ? Adults 18 and older need 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days a

    week to be healthy; children and teens need 60 minutes of activity a day for their


    ? Significant health benefits can be obtained by including a moderate amount of

    physical activity (e.g., 30 minutes of brisk walking or raking leaves, 15 minutes of

    running, 45 minutes of playing volleyball). Additional health benefits can be

    gained through greater amounts of physical activity.

    ? Childhood and adolescence are pivotal times for preventing sedentary behavior

    among adults by maintaining the habit of physical activity throughout the school



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