Morgan Spurlock probably carefully calculated what his dietary plan at McDonald’s would do to him when he began his documentary “Super Size Me.” Fast food became the new evil that was to blame for America’s obesity.
That’s much easier than, perhaps, putting the blame where it belongs: on the eating, thinking human being who could plan meals and actually stop eating when necessary.
Now an AP report has found a woman who has actually lost weight eating at McDonald’s.
Inspired by the documentary “Super Size Me,” Merab Morgan decided to give a fast-food-only diet a try. The construction worker and mother of two ate only at McDonald’s for 90 days — and dropped 37 pounds in the process.
It was a vastly different outcome than what happened in the documentary to filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, who put on 30 pounds and saw his health deteriorate after 5,000 calories a day of nothing but McDonald’s food.
Morgan, from Raleigh, thought the documentary had unfairly targeted the world’s largest restaurant company, implying that the obese were victims of a careless corporate giant. People are responsible for what they eat, she said, not restaurants. The problem with a McDonald’s-only diet isn’t what’s on the menu, but the choices made from it, she said.
Apparently, Spurlock isn’t quite as interested in documenting the truth as marketing himself into a better socio-economic class.
Spurlock, who turned his surprise-hit movie into a TV show on the FX network, isn’t talking about Morgan or the many other McDieters who have criticized his film and found success losing weight by eating healthy foods off the McDonald’s menu, said his publicist, David Magdael.
Morgan isn’t the only one who lost weight either.
One person went so far as to make her own independent film about dieting at McDonald’s. “Me and Mickey D” follows Soso Whaley, of Kensington, N.H., as she spends three 30-day periods on the diet. She dropped from 175 to 139 pounds, eating 2,000 calories-a-day at McDonald’s.
“I had to think about what I was eating,” Whaley said. “I couldn’t just walk in there and say ‘I’ll take a cinnamon bun and a Diet Coke.’ … I know a lot of people are really turned off by the whole thought of monitoring what they are eating, but that’s part of the problem.”
The whole thing about dieting is that one really has to think and plan.
Morgan used nutritional information downloaded from McDonald’s Web site to create meal plans of no more than 1,400 calories a day. She only ate french fries twice, usually choosing burgers and salads. Those choices are a stark contrast with those made by Spurlock, who ate every menu item at least once.
At the end of the 90 days, she had dropped from 227 to 190 pounds.
“It feels great,” she said. “Because, the truth of the matter is that beauty is power, and if you’re fat, or you’re overweight, then people don’t really take you seriously.”
I’m surprised that McDonald’s isn’t funding some of these people but perhaps, in the end, the hard truth won’t market as well. Do Americans really want to admit that obesity is in many cases the behavioral problems of the overweight–isn’t as fun or as easy to swallow as blaming the big, bad fast food companies.