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For thirty days, Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald’s as part of an investigation into the effects of fast food on American health. The resulting documentary earned him an Academy Award nomination and broke box-office records worldwide. But there’s more to the story, and in Don’t Eat This Book, Spurlock examines everything from school lunch programs and the marketing...more
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Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley Trade (first published January 1st 2005)
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Tommy
Supersize Me is one of my favorite documentaries, and I watch it every so often as a reminder to veer away from those dangerous yet alluring drive-thrus.

"Don't Eat this Book" is a follow up to the film, as Morgan Spurlock takes us through some of the backlash he experienced from the film (lobbyists, Fox News, restaurateurs), as well as more details he gleaned during his research for the film.

Most damning is how evident the marketing of fast food is aimed at our children - and not just fast food...more
Jamie
Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America by Morgan Spurlock is probably best thought of as the companion book to the author's award-winning documentary, Super Size Me. They both cover a lot of the same ground: fast food is EXTREMELY unhealthy for you, fast food corporations are predatory in their marketing practices, schools are negligent in their duties to facilitate good nutrition and physical education, and beneath its thin veneer the "big food" industry is more unwholeso...more
Scott
Morgan Spurlock follows up his hit documentary, "Super Size Me," with this book that acts as a supplement to the movie and a continuation of sorts. You read about his feelings during the process of his epic 30-day McDiet as well as further criticisms of McDonald's, the FDA, the food industry, supermarkets, pretty much anybody that handles food.

And, no, it's not a manifesto for going vegan or anything like that. Not in the least. If anything, Spurlock would recommend moderation over anything. He...more
Jacob Bruns
Oct 08, 2012 Jacob Bruns rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Jacob by: Spencer Schrock
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1 October 2012

Don’t Eat This Book sounds simple enough. Written by Morgan Spurlock, it chronicles his fight against “Big Food,” and the making of the indie-documentary, “Super-Size Me.” I would first recommend that you see the movie before reading the book.

Spurlock makes a wonderful narrator, for he is witty and driven by his cause. “The cattle industry buys millions of dead dogs and cats from shelters... feeds them to the cattle. Remember how sad you w...more
Kathy
From a blog post I wrote in 2005:

Morgan Spurlock wrote this after his documentary Super Size Me came out to much accord. He covers a lot of the same material as the movie but adds some behind the scenes anecdotes and a lot more research results.

Spurlock continues his attack on McDonald's and the whole fast food industry with a lot more data. One thing I found interesting is he had an independent lab test some of McDonald's items for their food values (calories, fat, etc.). Turns out the figures...more
Mindy
If you've seen Supersize Me, then you've read this book. Or, if you've read Fast Food Nation then you've read this book. I'm not saying it's a bad book. It's just a rehashing of stuff I've already read or seen. I don't think there was anything new in this book, though Spurlock's voice is entertaining enough to keep me reading. True, this was a book for a public health class. I would have had to read it regardless of the author's witty pacing. For me, it's two stars for content and one extra star...more
Melissa
A good supplement for the Super Size Me documentary. Reading this was a great reminder of why I want to stay away from fast food! And although there are a lot of facts, numbers, and stastics in this book, sometimes I think he taints his credibility a bit when he presents some of his facts with his own sarcastic, denigrative opinion.
But the main points of his book ring true enough that I would recommend others to read it. Sometimes a little bit of knowledge of where your food comes from goes a l...more
Michael Hentrich
Whenever I go somewhere that sells books, I am always on the lookout for anything related to health. You’d be surprised by how much is out there, and sometimes I stumble upon some really interesting titles. So it happened to be that I was looking through a library book sale a few weeks ago and I found this book called, Don’t Eat this Book. I couldn’t resist.

Many people have heard of Super Size Me, the 2004 hit documentary that followed Morgan Spurlock through a 30-day diet consisting of nothing...more
Jake Janak
“Don’t Eat This Book”, by Morgan Spurlock, is a very informative book designed to open your eyes about the harrowing acts of the fast food industry. Although sometimes repetitive, it is a good read and I would recommend it to anyone, especially those who regularly gorge on fast food.
Morgan Spurlock has single-handedly changed my diet and improved my health in a positive way. Prior to reading this book I was already eating relatively well but the book really grounded my ideas on nutrition and e...more
Katie
Pretty disappointing. Basically just reiterated everything that was said in the documentary (Supersize Me), although not nearly as successfully.

I was hoping for something more substantial (weightier, perhaps? No pun intended...), but it was just skin-and-bones (argh). See the movie instead!

Prime example of that rare, "the movie is better than the book" experience.
Eeman
This book talks about fast food and a bit about the author's journey and what he learned during his McMonth. It was amazing. I like how he made the book educational yet funny. I enjoyed every second of reading this book, and after doing so, I will never, ever, eat at McDonalds or any fast food place again. Or for a long time.
Jen
a lot of silliness, but the message is clear - we are a SICK nation that needs to stop eating crap and get some exercise. Spurlock also writes about some of the corporate backlash he received from McD's after Supersize me was released. good information on lobbyists and so called independent studies on the affects of fast food.
Kal Ström

Jag läste boken före jag såg filmen, men har sett den sen dess (brafilm). Boken känns inte riktigt lika slarvig som filmen gör. Och den utvecklar lite mer.

Framför allt är det intressant att läsa om effekterna av filmen, Fast Food Nation och andra som uppmärksammat frågan de senaste åren.

Framför allt ur ett marknadsekonomiskt perspektiv. De hittar alltid tillbaka till våra plånböcker. Hur många produkter har inte lanserats i år utan tillsatt socker? Nu med fullkorn?

Som The Economist påpekade var

...more
Kellyanne Lynch
I'm a fan of Morgan Spurlock. I enjoyed his film Super Size Me and his TV series 30 Days. I wish that series had lasted longer. I appreciated how this book got more in-depth about his 30 days eating only McDonald's food, along with more facts about the food industry and what people are doing to improve the health of children. I respect but don't agree with his opinions regarding how much the government should be involved in exacting change. I am right with him though regarding the importance of...more
Chandni
the movie put into words.
Melissa
So this book is hard for me to rate because we had to stop listening to it. We were listening to it while traveling, and we got to the second to last CD and the "F" word came out a few times and we were done.

He tells his experience of eating McDonald's every day for a month. I was more interested in the numbers and statistics. Just listening to the changes that his body was going through was astounding! We don't eat fast food, and now my children are disgusted and will never touch McDonalds.
Kimberly
Another 'INFORMATIVE' book, if the notes below interest you, you should read the book.



According to the Dept. of Transporation, there are now, more cars than drivers in America. We drive everywhere now. Walking declined by half in the 2 decades between 1980 and 2000.

We are the biggest consuming culture on the planet. We buy almost twice as much crap as our nearest competitor, Japan.

What does all the consumption do for us? Does it make us happy? If we are all so happy, would we be on so many drugs...more
Meredith
This is Spurlock's follow up to the documentary (I use the term loosely) Supersize Me. If you've seen Supersize Me, some of this book will be redundant -- but most of it elaborates on the *whys* and *hows* of what he brought up in the film.

I enjoy Morgan Spurlock's take on modern food. It's an easy-to-follow, pop culture, entertainment-spin that makes otherwise dry information interesting. That said, I think it's important to remember that he has a degree from the Tisch School of Arts. Spurlock...more
Riley
Don’t Eat This Book
1) Don’t Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America by Morgan Spurlock is a book was about how fat, unhealthy, and lazy America is. Morgan the man that made the book says that the average Americans are overweight and don’t get enough exercise. He says that 60% of all Americans are overweight. We need to get more exercise and eat less. In the book Morgan goes on a 1 month experiment to only eat McDonalds food. At the beginning he is very healthy, he eats great food...more
David Sarkies
There has been a lot written about the obesity epidemic that the United States (and to a lesser extent Australia) is facing and in many cases the finger is pointed directly at fast food franchises. Many people have probably heard of and even watched Spurlock's documentary where he sets himself a task (to the horror of his vegetarian girlfriend) of eating only McDonalds for a period of 30 days. Personally, there are a couple of flaws in his methodology, however I do believe it is something that...more
Becky
Jan 22, 2009 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Don't Eat This Book is the follow up to Morgan Spurlock's award-nominated documentary, Super Size Me. I'd seen Super Size Me a few years ago, and enjoyed it. It was one of those enlightening moments in life where you think "Holy crap! What have I been doing to myself?!"

I made a decision after seeing the film to reduce the amount of fast-food that I ate. I didn't really stick to it, though. It's so convenient, and easy to go grab a burger, or a taco, or whatever.

This book gives a little bit of...more
Helynne
Just a few years ago, Morgan Suprlock decided to embark on a gristly and risky experiment. For about a month, he ate nothing but McDonald's food. At the end of the month, he had gained 24 and a half pounds (nearly a pound a day), his blood pressure and his triglycerides had soared, and his cholesterol count had gone from a sensible 165 to a scary 230. In addition, his liver became inflamed from the excessive fat consumption, he suffered headaches from hypoglycemia, mood swings, lethargy, loss of...more
Roberta - ロバータ
Libro brillante, e a tratti divertente, scritto da Spurlock per approfondire le tematiche già affrontate nel suo fortunatissimo documentario Super Size Me.
Il volume non mira a descrivere e analizzare il mondo dei fast food nella sua complessità (come fa invece Fast Food Nation: Il lato oscuro del cheeseburger globale), ma si limita ad una riflessione sulla politica ingannevole e ipocrita delle grandi catene e sugli errori alimentari più comuni tra i consumatori americani.
Molte delle riflessioni...more
Parksy
Quick read - interesting facts. Humourous at parts. Also very repetitive.

From Publishers Weekly
Fact-packed and funny, this offshoot of Spurlock's Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me serves both as a substitute for and addition to the movie. Spurlock spent a month not exercising and eating nothing but food from McDonald's, filming his declining health and ballooning size. It was a terrific premise for a movie; the book provides even more of its backstory and outtakes. Spurlock describes Ame...more
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Don’t Eat This Book
By: Morgan Spurlock
Review by Hana E.


“Before most children can speak they recognize McDonald’s” I was surprised when I read this. This book talks about how smoking and junk food can kill, and how obesity “will kill around 400,000 Americans”. I was shocked about how many lawsuits were being filed against Junk Food restaurants.
Morgan Spurlock was the man who was in SUPER SIZE ME and author of Don’t Eat This Book. He only ate at McDonald’s for 30 days. For breakfast, lunch, and d...more
Izzy
I have just started volunteering at the library again, so I have a range of books that is likely different than what I'd buy on my own. Because of all the heart attacks, I've been reading all the food and nutrition sections, and here we are.

Morgan is a WV boy, from just up the road at Beckley. And I like him; he's funny. A little crude, as are most of our hometown boys.

It's an interesting book - very broad, not particularly scholarly in tone (although researched, don't get me wrong). Is there a...more
Talia
This book pretty much serves as a companion piece to “Super Size Me”, the 2005 documentary where Spurlock eats nothing but McDonalds for 30 days, trying to emulate the unhealthy habits of many Americans. He goes through a lot of criticism of the film and touches on other topics like school lunches, diets, and other aspects of health and nutrition.

I loved “Super Size Me”, and I have a mini-crush on Morgan Spurlock, thus why I chose this book. I also listened to this on CD, narrated by the author,...more
BooksAndTea
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. At first I thought he was going to look at various fast food restaurants, then I thought he was going to just go over his movie, but it becomes clear that this books is, as another reviewer here puts it, an off-shoot of his movie.

I have heard about "Super Size Me", but I'm not sure it's something I want to watch. I was glad that his book describes his routine as well as elaborating on what happened after the movie was released and the response of the fast...more
Barbara
This book is by the author of the movie Supersize Me. He went on a 30 day diet of McDonalds food only. If they asked him to supersize it he did. He was a healthy man when he started, but he had all kinds of health problems by the time he was done with the experiment. It was a shocking example of the obesity epidemic in the world and explains why we have so many problems with diabetes and other such diseases.

The book was interesting, but he has a kind of crude way of putting things at times. It a...more
Zach Blomquist
This book was written by the test subject of the infamous movie "Super Size Me". This book talks about the food industry and its tricks they use to make more money. He talks about the bad of these tricks they commit. But he mostly focuses on the most famous food industry, "McDonald's".

This book is a movie, as I said in the first part of the review. The book has more information than the movie does, because he started on this book 2 weeks after his experiment. The book has articles and a lot of i...more
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Jewish-American documentary maker best known for his documentary "Super size me" Where he only eats McDonalds food for a month.

Married to vegan chef Alexandra Jamieson, who wrote an diet book inspired by the Detox diet Morgan Spurlock had to take after eating a lot of McDonalds food for his documentary
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