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Don't Eat This Book

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The literary debut of the funniest and most incisive new voice to come along since Michael Moore-and the acclaimed director of the film phenomenon of the year.

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
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 19th 2005 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jul 07, 2008 Tommy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 10, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 something like that. Not in the least. If anything, Spurlock would recommend moderation. He encourages th
Nov 22, 2007 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Sarkies
Nov 03, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in social criticism
Recommended to David by: The Movie
Shelves: sociology
A critical examination of our fast food culture
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
Aug 01, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2016 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food
This is the best thing I have read lately on the subject of food and what it does to your body. Morgan Spurlock is famous for the film Super Size Me, in which he eats a diet of McDonald’s fast food for one month, gaining 20+ pounds and a host of incipient health problems in the process. More than anything else, this book tapped into my common sense about diet and weight loss. Common sense is something that is easy to forget in this climate of diets that purport to give you the freedom to “eat wh ...more
Jacob Blanck
Jan 22, 2016 Jacob Blanck rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: my friends, everyone who saw the movie "Super-Size Me" and the one who loves fast-food.
Recommended to Jacob by: A website about a guy who lost a lot of pounds from eating McDonald's for six months.
I finished reading this book. So the reason is the America's favorite fast-food joint McDonald's is so-well representative that it has those references from the movie "Super-Size Me". I've watched the movie a few months before and it was the greatest documentary I've ever seen!! Now that I rented the book from the library (same as the movie), Why did I had a chance to love this book too? It was published by him who was the Academy Award nominator of the movie.

It's all Fact-packed and funny, this
Michael Hentrich
Aug 24, 2014 Michael Hentrich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2009 Becky rated it liked it  ·  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 o
Jacob Bruns
Oct 08, 2012 Jacob Bruns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 26, 2013 Ensiform rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A companion piece of sorts to Spurlock’s documentary, Super Size Me. In addition to sketching a few of the more memorable scenes and lessons of the movie, Spurlock crams the book with all manner of terrifying statistics, from obesity rates to Big Food’s symbiotic relationship with the government to the quality of school lunches.

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’
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
Aug 06, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jake Janak
Jun 19, 2014 Jake Janak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Kate Huffstutler
Have you ever drastically changed your diet? No, I do not mean telling yourself you will eat more healthy from now on, or ordering a salad instead of a burger. No, I mean eating McDonald's for thirty days straight. I mean going from a natural vegan diet to a supersized McDonald's happy meal, three or more times a day. In Morgan Spurlock’s Don’t Eat This Book this is what he does. Spurlock is testing the system, and looks at what this fast food is actually doing to your body and our nation as a w ...more
It's difficult to be totally objective when rating this book. At the time I'm writing these lines, it's the end of October 2014 and it's been over 8 years Don't Eat This Book 's been published. Obviously, some data are outdated and it would be ridiculous and unfair to criticize Murgan Spurlock's work for that.

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
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.
Dec 10, 2012 Eeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unit-2
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.
Feb 26, 2009 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 18, 2016 Diego rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morgan Spurlock nos ofrece en este libro un resumen de las situaciones y anécdotas que vivió durante su experiencia "Super Size Me". Además de ello, continúa criticando mordazmente la comida basura y aportándonos datos que ciertamente son, cuanto menos, curiosos.

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
This book was writte after the movie "Super Size Me" was released, and provides a more indepth look at what Spurlock experienced during his 30-day McDiet. HOwever, this book is less about his experience, and more about the impact the fast-food industry has had on the American diet and overall health, focusing specifically on issues of fat, saturated fat, sugar, and processed foods. He also serves as an advocate for personal health and improved diet, and provides numerous examples of organization ...more
Mike Markovich
Nov 18, 2015 Mike Markovich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this documentary and felt compelled to buy the book, which I also loved. It was a great complement to Morgan's visual struggle during his quest to eat nothing but McDonald's for thirty days. It offered a more cerebral insight to his experiment and how it affected his person as opposed to his documentary's persuasive tone. All things considered, I all but stopped eating McDonald's after reading this book. It resonated with me deeply. However, I do feel that the experiment was performed in ...more
Kellyanne Lynch
Mar 01, 2014 Kellyanne Lynch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2009 Chandni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the movie put into words.
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.
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
Apr 15, 2009 Meredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
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

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
Jun 26, 2009 Helynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Morgan Spurlock is a American documentary filmmaker best known for his documentary Super Size Me, in which he only ate McDonalds food for a month.

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.
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“Sorry, there´s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.” 23 likes
“In fact we put so many things in our mouths we constantly have to be reminded what not to eat. Look at that little package of silicon gel that's inside your sneakers. It says DO NOT EAT for a reason. Somewhere sometime some genius bought a pair of sneakers and said Ooooh look. They give you free mints with the shoes” 6 likes
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