Don't Eat This Book
Can man live on fast food alone? Morgan Spurlock tried to do just that. For thirty days, he ate nothing but three "squares" a day from McDonald's as part of an investigation into the effects of fast food on America ...more
"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
And, no, it's not a manifesto for going vegan or something like that. Not in the least. If anything, Spurlock would recommend moderation. He encourages th ...more
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
12 March 2012
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 ...more
It's all Fact-packed and funny, this ...more
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
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 o ...more
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
Because I’m interested, I didn’t find the book just a mass of scary numbers, however. Spurlock writes with passion — it’s clear he cares a lot about the state of America’ ...more
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
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
I found the book entertaining and at times informative but my biggest problem is Spurlock's failure to provide scientific evidence for the claims he makes. I'm not saying what he saw and f ...more
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.
Desgraciadamente no nos aporta mucho más que el propio documental, quizá alguna anécdota más de las que introduce en el mismo, una profundización más detallada en la explicación técnica de los alimentos y un análisis de las críticas que ...more
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.
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
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
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
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
He was married to vegan chef Alex Jamieson, who wrote an diet book inspired by the Detox diet he had to take after the McDonalds experiment. The couple divorced in 2011.