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    Obesity in the USA

    Super Size Me

    Why are Americans so fat? Find out in Super Size Me, a tongue in-cheek - and burger in hand -- look at the legal, financial and physical costs of America's hunger for fast food.

    Ominously, 37% of American children and adolescents are carrying too much fat and 2 out of every three adults are overweight or obese. Is it our fault for lacking self-control, or are the fast-food corporations to blame?

    Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock hit the road and interviewed experts in 20 U.S. cities, including Houston, the "Fattest City" in America. From Surgeon Generals to gym teachers, cooks to kids, lawmakers to legislators, these authorities shared their research, opinions and "gut feelings" on our ever-expanding girth.

    During the journey, Spurlock also put his own body on the line, living on nothing but McDonald's for an entire month with three simple rules:

    1) No options: he could only eat what was available over the counter (water included!)
    2) No supersizing unless offered
    3) No excuses: he had to eat every item on the menu at least once

    It all adds up to a fat food bill, harrowing visits to the doctor, and compelling viewing for anyone who's ever wondered if man could live on fast food alone.

    The film explores the horror of school lunch programs, declining health and physical education classes, food addictions and the extreme measures people take to lose weight and regain their health.

    Super Size Me is a satirical jab in the stomach, overstuffed with fat and facts about the billion-dollar industry besieged by doctors, lawyers and nutritionists alike. "Would you like fries with that?" will never sound the same!



    http://www.supersizeme.com

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    Post Re: Why are Americans so fat?

    Yeah I read about that guy. Afterwards he had a complete physical and the doctor was shocked at how much overall his health had deteriorated; his liver was supposed to be in the process of breaking down.
    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

    From NPR's Present at the Creation

    http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/graduate/

    http://www.norcalmovies.com/TheGraduate/tg11.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by lg
    During the journey, Spurlock also put his own body on the line, living on nothing but McDonald's for an entire month with three simple rules
    Ironically, I lived only from McDonald's for a month once, in the course of a bet I had with a friend who said I couldn't do it. In this month my lean body mass increased.

    In fact, the diet McDonald's offers is nutritionally not that unbalanced; a Big Mac lies perfectly in the zone, great during mass phase. They offer salad, fish, shrimps, orange juice, milk, too. The worst one could say is that their food is overly processed, sterilized and deep-frozen, carbs are mostly refined, and it's lacking in fibres and unsaturated fats (still not a problem if one doesn't eat more than one burns), coming with a poor vitamin and mineral balance. Thus, one wouldn't like to live from it only, but eating fast food a couple of times a week is not a problem, and it's not the reason why people are fat.

    The whole movie sounds like a clichéd fast-food-is-evil stunt for the sake of sensationalism and quick money to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigrun Christianson
    Fast food is generally just sick & gross.
    Does anyone want a cheeseburger?
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    Post Re: Why are Americans so fat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thorburn
    Does anyone want a cheeseburger?
    Steve Miller does!

    I've forgotten the name of it but he had a song out in 1968 that had the line "Somebody give me a cheeseburger!" LOL!
    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

    From NPR's Present at the Creation

    http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/graduate/

    http://www.norcalmovies.com/TheGraduate/tg11.jpg

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    This is the song released in October 1968 entitled (appropriately? ) Living In The USA. It's amazing how little has changed in 36 years. Be sure and check out the last line!

    Living in the U.S.A.

    By: Steve Miller

    Stand back, stand back
    Stand back, stand back

    Stand back, stand back
    Stand back, stand back

    Doot do do do do doot doot
    Living in the U.S.A.
    Doot do do do do doot doot
    Living in the U.S.A.

    Where are you goin' to
    What are you gonna do
    Do you think that it will be easy
    Do you think that it will be pleasin', hey

    Stand back, what'd you say
    Stand back, I won't pay
    Stand back, I'd rather play
    Stand back

    It's my freedom
    Ah, don't worry 'bout me, babe
    I got to be free, babe
    Hey

    Doot do do do do doot doot
    Living in the U.S.A.
    Doot do do do do doot doot
    Living in the U.S.A.

    Stand back, dietician
    Stand back, television
    Stand back, politician
    Stand back, mortician

    Oh, we got to get away
    Living in the U.S.A.
    Come on baby, Owwww

    I see a yellow man, a brown man
    A white man, a red man
    Lookin' for Uncle Sam
    To give you a helpin' hand
    But everybody's kickin' sand
    Even politicians
    We're living in a plastic land
    Somebody give me a hand, yeah

    Oh, we're gonna make it, baby
    Oh, we're going to shake it, baby
    Oh, don't break it
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    Come on baby, hey
    Hey, hey
    In the U.S.A., babe yeah

    Doot do do do do doot doot
    Living in the U.S.A.
    Don't worry 'bout me, babe
    Doot do do do do doot doot
    Living in the U.S.A.
    Living in the U.S.A.
    Doot do do do do doot doot
    Living in the U.S.A.
    I got to be free
    Doot do do do do doot doot
    Living in the U.S.A.
    Come on try it, you can buy it, you can leave it next week, yeah
    Somebody give me a cheeseburger

    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

    From NPR's Present at the Creation

    http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/graduate/

    http://www.norcalmovies.com/TheGraduate/tg11.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gladstone
    Steve Miller does!

    I've forgotten the name of it but he had a song out in 1968 that had the line "Somebody give me a cheeseburger!" LOL!
    It's called Living in the U.S.A., what else?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gladstone
    This is the song released in October 1968 entitled (appropriately? ) Living In The USA.
    Ah, you beat me to it.
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    Post Re: Why are Americans so fat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigrun Christianson
    I don't eat McDonald's cheeseburgers.
    You have good tastes!

    McDonalds burgers in general tastes synthetic. Burger King makes the best fastfood cheese burgers!
    Last edited by Gladstone; Sunday, March 7th, 2004 at 07:56 PM.
    Turman found a copy of The Graduate, and thought highly enough of the story that he made a movie he considered to be 90-percent faithful to the book.

    But Turman and director Mike Nichols made one key adaptation, changing the Braddocks from WASP-y blonde characters into a dark-haired, more ethnic-looking family.

    From NPR's Present at the Creation

    http://www.npr.org/programs/morning/features/patc/graduate/

    http://www.norcalmovies.com/TheGraduate/tg11.jpg

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