Monday, March 16, 2009

Super Size Me

What did I do all day? I cleaned my house and watched anti fast food propaganda. lol!

This is the third time I have seen this film, but I watched it twice in close secession when it first came out and then now (which is 5 years later). It is amazing what time has done to this movement... and I still find it amazing what happened to a really healthy guy in just a month of that crap. If there was ever a boost to the slow food movement it has been the two films I watched today. They are SCARY.

This is a must see... I wouldn't just say for adults either. Although Alex is more interested in the disgusting animal treatment going on to produce fast food, it wasn't lost on him at all that it is terrible for you... and for the environment. In fact, after watching McLibel he kept asking me "Then why is there STILL McDonald's like EVERYWHERE!?!"

The other impact that I hadn't put together before was the commercialism of the food industry. I have to admit that not having cable has made me sort of oblivious to the commercial industry. In Alex's lifetime, we have had cable television for less than a year total. But that doesn't make me insusceptible to their little ploys. Until half way through the Super Size Me movie, I was craving junk food. I got up, got myself two homemade WW Sugar Cookies and a tiny bowl of veggie chili I made the other day. After I wasn't hungry at all, the effects were nill... which was helped by Morgan throwing up McD's all over the side of his car half way through the movie. But when I was hungry, fast food was all I could think about. Sad sad sad the way these commercials effect you... even when they are part of a educational parody!

BTW, both of these movies are available on direct watch from Netflix. No mail necessary.


Anonymous said...

I have seen this movie and Devin was just talking about it earlier this school year because they showed it to them. Its a good one to watch and sad too to see what our society has become.

We dont watch commercials either but not because we dont subscribe to tv services. We have tivo so I tape the shows I want to see and when I watch them on my own time, I fast forward through the commercials. I dont watch tv at all during the day and rarely watch "live tv" anyway.

I think its better that way...

Chell said...

I still remember a few years ago when I was in the hospital with pancreatitus and was not allowed to eat or drink anything for 5 days and watching TV was pure torture. I started counting how many fast food commercials there were and all I could think about was food and all I wanted was Pizza, taco bell or McDonalds, and I knew if I ate anything especially greasy fast food I would become terribly ill but I still wanted it. After 2 days of that torture I stuck to strictly watching DVD's. Amazing the power of advertising.

erika~ the inspired mama said...

i have a big ol' crush on morgan spurlock!

we own a copy of super size me (both for the message and morgan ;)) and lend it to anyone who will watch it. i agree, show it to your kiddos as well!


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