The documentary then explores the corporate manipulation on the fast food industry and how the corporate are encouraging customers to consume foods with pitiable nutrition for their own profits. The director used to eat three times a day at the McDonald’s restaurants at different places.
He used to eat each and every item that the food chain used to offer in their menu at least once. He used to consume 20.9 mega joules or 5000 kilo calories (which is equal to 9.26 Big Macs) on an average on a daily basis during the period of the experiment (Lee, 2004). A daily intake of 2500 kilo calories by consuming balance diet is usually recommended for any common man in order to maintain his weight (Laurance, 2003). Spurlock who was then just 32 years gained an weight of 11.1 kilograms, an increase of body mass by 13 %, his cholesterol went up to 230mg/dl and he started experiencing sexual dysfunction and mood swings and fat accumulation in his lever. The director then took around 14 months to reduce the weight that he gained as a result of his experiment by consuming vegan diet as supervised by his then girl friend. His then girl friend was a chef and specializes in vegan dishes (Lee, 2004).
Content of the documentary film: The experiment conducted by Spurlock
At the initiation of the film, the director was having higher than average shape as per Spurlock’s personal trainer. He was looked after by three specialized doctors, a gastroenterologist, a general physician and a cardiologist. He was also monitored by a personal trainer and a nutritionist. All the health experts forecasted that Spurlock’s McDonald’s diet also stated as McDiet” might have undesirable impact on his body and health but didn’t expect any radical issues. Spurlock ate different diet but every evening he used to prefer vegan meal to soothe her girlfriend, Alexandra. At the beginning of his experiment with fast food, Spurlock who has got a height of 6 feet 2 inches or 188 cm had a body weight of 84 Kilograms or 185 pounds (Lee, 2004).
During his experiment, Spurlock followed some specific rules like he must consume McDonald’s meal three times a day i.e. at breakfast, lunch and dinner. He must consume all the items offered in the menu list at least once within the period of his experiment which was 30 days, but the director did it within 9 days. He was prohibited from consuming any food items from outside and was allowed to eat food on the menu list of McDonald’s which includes bottled water as well. He must consume “Supersize” of all the meals as offered by the stores. He will walk as much as a normal American citizen which is about 5000 standard steps a day. However, Spurlock didn’t follow this working schedule tightly. He used to walk more in the New York City while less in Houston (Lee, 2004).
On day, Spurlock started his experiment by consuming McDonald’s food for his breakfast in an outlet near his house in Manhattan. In that area, there are four McDonald’s stores per square mile. He aimed to keep his walking to 5000 steps per day. On the second day, he was offered Super Size Meal for the first time during his experiment which includes “Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese”, “Super Size French Fries” and a coke which was 42 ounce in size. This entire food needs approximately 22 minutes to finish. Once Spurlock completed the meal, he started feeling stomach discomfort and then vomited the parking area of McDonald’s. Within a span of five days, the director gained around 4.3 Kg or 9.5 pounds. Within a very short span of time, Spurlock started facing issues related to depression, lethargy and headaches, which he claimed that were cured immediately after eating a meal at McDonald’s. He was stated as “addicted” by his general physician. In the second time when his weight was measured, it was found that he gained around 3.6 Kg or 8 pounds. His total weight went up to 92.5 Kg or 203 pounds. At the end of his experiment, his weight went to 95 Kg or 210 pounds which was an increase of around 11 Kg or 24.5 pounds (Lee, 2004).