Monday, May 03, 2004

Regularsize Me!

Earlier this year, McDonald's announced that it would phase out the "Supersize" option on it's McValue meals. They claim that this was not done in response to the new award-winning film 'Super Size Me', in which filmmaker Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald's food for 30 days and documents his increasing girth and declining health. Critics point out that he didn't just eat McDonald's food, he ate a lot of McDonald's food.

One such critic is filmmaker Sosa Whaley, who is making her own documentary in response to Spurlock. She also ate every meal at McDonald's for 30 days, but while attempting to lose weight. She recently finished her 30 days and reports that she achieved her goal of losing 10 pounds. Her online diary can be found here.

I'm sympathetic to the point she is trying to make, and I agree that McDonald's is unfairly singled out. I doubt their food is much less healthy than the food at more expensive restaurants (many of which do not publish their nutrition information). Still, obesity is a real problem, and McDonald's isn't' doing much to help. I'm not sorry to see the Supersize option go away...I never understood how someone could eat that many fries anyway.

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