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Don't Eat This Book by Morgan Spurlock

Don't Eat This Book

Fast Food and the Supersizing of America

by Morgan Spurlock

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Can man live on fast food alone? Morgan Spurlock tried to do just that. For 30 days, he ate nothing but three "squares" a day from McDonald's as part of an investigation into the effects of fast food on American health. The resulting documentary won him resounding applause and a worldwide release that broke box-office records. Audiences were captivated by Spurlock's experiment, during which he gained 25 pounds, his blood pressure skyrocketed, and his libido all but disappeared.

But this story goes far beyond Spurlock's good-humored "Mc-Sickness". He traveled across the country, into schools, hospitals, and people's homes, to investigate school lunch programs, the marketing of fast food, and the declining emphasis on health and physical education. He looks at why fast food is so tasty, cheap, and ultimately seductive, and what Americans can do to turn the rising tide of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes that have accompanied its ever-growing popularity. He interviewed experts in 20 U.S. cities, from surgeons general and kids to lawmakers and marketing gurus who share their research, opinions, and "gut feelings" on our ever-expanding girth and what we can all do to offset a health crisis of supersized proportions.

In this groundbreaking, hilarious book, "benevolent muckraker" Morgan Spurlock debuts a wry investigative voice that will appeal to anyone interested in the health of our country, our children, and ourselves.


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Very Entertaining + Educational
Reviewer kelli
 April 08, 2006
This book is a joy to listen to. I don't know how Morgan Spurlock manages to keep the listener laughing through such serious subjects as heart disease and diabetes- but he does! This book is definitely worth the money for anyone interested in current health and nutrition issues, because not only does he present a lot of crucial information unknown to the general public, but he does it in a way that is easy to digest (no pun intended). A lot of books on health and nutrition are dense and hard to get through, but this one is not. His assertion that being healthy is a lifestyle issue is on-point. I appreciate the fact that he addresses people's attitudes on food, health and exercise as one of the main constituents of the current obesity crisis.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: D013982
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