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Don't Eat This Book

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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 Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jun 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
May 12, 2012 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 rated it liked it
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
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book so long ago and it's the reason I don't eat beef. Very interesting and ultimately upsetting
Michael Hentrich
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jacob Bruns
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 13, 2008 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
Jacob Blanck
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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’
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: being-healthy, 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
Jul 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
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.
Feb 26, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
the movie put into words.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this as a follow-up to watching the Super Size Me documentary. The book mentions his month-long experiment and its surprising results(well, maybe not surprising...I knew it would be bad...but didn't realize HOW bad, until I heard about how many pounds gained, how high his cholesterol got, etc. after only a month), but it also covers a broader range of topics, like the rise of fast food in America, marketing to children for fast food, successful changes that some communities have made in t ...more
Cindy Dyson Eitelman
Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-17
Don't eat this book.
Lot of lectures by the creator of Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock. I was expecting it to be all about the documentary but that was only a small portion, maybe a third. Those parts were really interesting--how he threw up on the first (or was it second?) day; how sluggish he felt, almost from the beginning; how he got to where he hated the food even while he craved the sugar-fat rush he got from it; how his metabolic indicators plummeted so badly that his doctors were alarmed an
Michelle Bozbay
Maybe it is the Libertarian in me that shies away from calling for more government regulations, maybe it is my strong opinion that every individual is responsible for his or her actions rather than blaming major corporations for our health problems, or maybe I am a decade late in reading this book and the data just seems obvious, but for whatever reason I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected to. The final nail in the coffin was the chapter in which Spurlock went after Ronald McDonald Cha ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm challenging myself to quit McDonald's for a month!
Kadence Lee
I had to read this for a collage class. This not my usual genre of book, so my evaluation of it may be a bit low because of that. It was informative and entertaining, it just didn't resonate with me.
Real shame about the crazy fatphobia and the man himself
Valerie Sherman
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A good supplement to the movie, but definitely dated at this point. Picked up this audiobook as an impulse borrow from the library.
Did not finish.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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
May 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Kate Huffstutler
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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