MTV and VH1 are big sissies ~ they have refused to air commercials for the fantastic documentary Super Size Me, which documents director Morgan Spurlock's month-long McDiet ~ he eats nothing but food from McDonald's restaurants over a 30-day period, and if asked whether he wanted the larger, "supersize" meal, he always said yes. Over the month, Spurlock (who was in excellent health before starting the McDiet) gains a lot of weight, his health deteriorates rapidly and severely, he becomes literally addicted to eating, and experiences depression (which also negatively affected his sex life) ~~ his doctors urge him to go off the diet for fear of severe liver damage. The movie's facts and figures and art and message are fascinating. During filming, Spurlock interviewed experts and educators and consumers in 20 cities across the country, including my hometown, Houston, aka The 2003 Fattest City in America (!). The film shows audiences the horrors of school lunch programs (where the lowest corporate bidder wins the right to feed fried food, canned food, and sugar and sweets to our kids), the elimination of health and P.E. classes, and the long-term, dangerous impact that cheap, fast-food chains can have on low-income communities.
I saw the film last Friday and it was amazing ~ funny, critical, scary, informative, and did I say SCARY? After the film, I was nauseous for hours and the next day could only eat salads and had shots of wheat grass ~ then at the grocery store I bought tons of vegetables and soy milk and read every label on the few canned items we bought. The movie will really scare you into, or inspire you, to eat healthy. Go see this movie and if you have time, email MTV and VH1 and tell them they are cop-outs for giving in to the distributors' fears of advertiser retaliation.
The Super Size debate is everywhere and it's good that people are talking about it ~ even "Mutts," my favorite cartoon strip: