Movie recommendation: “Supersize Me.” This is that documentary about the filmmaker’s experiment wherein he ate nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days straight. The filmmaker is funny, energetic, and engaging, and the movie is really exuberant; at the same time, it’s disturbing, depressing, and disgusting at turns. About half of the movie is spent on the health problems he gets (he gets depressed, his liver turns to fat), the other half on the various factors behind obesity. It does the best job I’ve seen at discussing the obesity problem, showing the different ways unhealthy food is foisted on America without making the argument that none of the responsibility lies with us, or that obesity just doesn’t matter (obese children are far more likely to develop adult-onset diabetes, which can take 20 years off one’s life). And it’s really interesting and fun. So check that out.
June 13, 2004
I was just a skinny lad
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