Super Size Me
It often takes extreme measures to outline extreme problems within an expanding society of accessibility to food of all varieties, especially fast food. Morgan Spurlock takes his documentary prowess and takes aim at the fast food industry and outlines the simple premise that everything is now bigger, or super sized if you will, weight, food and meal size, convenience and of course, lawsuits. Spurlock goes at it on a personal level, combining very candid video logs while also taking an honest approach to the effects of his new diet, such as his sex life. His new regime is making a thirty day diet consist entirely of McDonalds food and drink for his three meals per day. He goes through all the routine health tests before embarking on his experiment. While he does it, we also get to know the fast food giant that is Ronald and his french fries, while also asking passers-by how often they eat such greasy goodness, but more difficult questions like, What is a calorie? The results after mere days are quite startling, as Morgan eats his first Super Size meal and in turn vomits most of it back up again, the deterioration of his health in a mere two weeks is astounding, and the facts are equally disturbing, showing just how much more is now available than 20 years ago. Where the challenge seems to take its starter from was a court case that was going on from two young girls who claimed that McDonalds was the cause of their obesity, through large consumptions. Morgan tries tirelessly to get a meeting with the McDonalds bigwigs but is unsuccessful.

The film is a true and often gobsmacking account at just how much damage people are doing to their bodies with that Big Mac or two, it shows the immediate impact of the media and how various celebrities are called upon for soft drink or fast food placements to help the sales, but it simply doesn’t matter, the money is still made. Spurlock worries all those around him with his drastic health change and it really hits home just how quickly things can change, but also just how much is in one of those meals. We see the difficulties in putting across a healthier message but we also see the reluctance of the ones behind the food, but at the end of the day, business is business, but in this instance, business can legally kill.
Morgan Spurlock, 'One Direction: This Is Us' director: Zayn Malik 'struggled the most' with touring demands

Morgan Spurlock got to know the men of One Direction pretty well while he was directing their documentary “This Is Us,” and he told HuffPost Live on Tuesday that he always knew ex-member Zayn Malik struggled with fame.

Malik, who Spurlock called “probably my favorite guy in the band” and “probably the best singer in the group,” announced last week that he was leaving One Direction to return to being “a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.”

Spurlock told HuffPost Live’s Ricky Camilleri that he saw that sentiment in Malik from the time they met:

He always struggled with being on the road. He’s a homebody. He wanted nothing more than to sit in his house and spray paint and draw and do art, and I think this explosion that happened to him – which was something none of them ever predicted – but I think he was the one who struggled with it the most. And being away, being on the road, being away from his girlfriend I think finally just got to him, and I think he said, “I’m done.”

Unbeknownst to Spurlock, a Malik solo track called “I Won’t Mind” was uploaded online less than a week after his departure was announced, leading to speculation that Malik actually left the band to pursue his own career.


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While most people saw the documentary Super Size Me as an expose of the fast food industry, comedian and former health writer Tom Naughton saw it as a dare: He’d show that you could lose weight on a diet of burgers and fries.

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“I think of terms of responsibility it’s fair to point the Big Gun at McDonald’s. McDonald’s is one of the biggest but, more importantly it is one which far more than all the others lures in young children. They have the playgrounds, the closed, indoor playgrounds. Many other places there are no other playgrounds, you gotta take your kid there. So, even at two and three and four your kids are being lured into there. McDonald’s is very heavy on birthday parties. They, of course, pioneered the Happy Meals. Now, the mighty kids’ meals also with those little ‘gotta have ‘em’ toys so they get the kids in. And of course, the whole clown. McDonald’s has the clown. A lot of those ads appeal primarily to kids. There is a cartoon on T.V. that features him. So, they, more than others, lure the kids in. I think all of us are more concerned about the kids.” - John F. Banzhaf III

Super Size Me (2004)