Don't Eat this Book

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Penguin, 2005 - Convenience foods - 308 pages
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Can man live on fast food alone? Morgan Spurlock tried to do just that. For thirty days, he ate nothing but three "squares" a day from McDonald's as part of an investigation into the effects of fast food on American health. The resulting documentary film, Super Size Me, won him resounding applause and a worldwide release that broke box-office records. Audiences were captivated by his experiment, during which he gained twenty-five pounds, his blood pressure skyrocketed, and his libido all but disappeared. But this story goes far beyond his own "Mc-Sickness": he traveled across the country, into schools, hospitals, and people's homes, to investigate school lunch programs, the marketing of fast food, and the declining emphasis on health and physical education. He interviewed experts in medicine, nutrition, law, and marketing. He looks at why fast food is so tasty, cheap, and ultimately seductive, and what Americans can do to turn the rising tide of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes that have accompanied its ever-growing popularity.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

If you know anything about Morgan Spurlock you know he is sarcastic, funny and extremely outspoken. I should also mention smart and fearless.When it comes to the evils of fast food Spurlock is all of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mirandalg14 - LibraryThing

Interesting. I never watched the movie. It does make me want to stop eating fast food, but will I? Probably not. I will probably be more careful about what I do eat though. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning writer, producer and director. Originally from West Virginia, he graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1993. In 2004, Morgan's debut feature film, Super Size Me, became the third-highest-grossing documentary of all time. He won the best director prizes at both the Sundance and Edinburgh film festivals. The movie was named to more that thirty-five year-end top ten lists and was a National Board of Review and Critic's Choice best documentary nominee. New York Film Critics Online named it the best documentary of 2004. Don't Eat This Bookis Morgan's first book and picks up where the movie left off, diving even deeper into the psyche of a super-sized nation. He currently lives in the East Village in New York City with his vegan fiancee, Alexandra Jamieson, and their manly cat, Sue

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