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Fast food: Making Americans fat?

To hamburger or not to hamburger?
To hamburger or not to hamburger?

Remember the movie Super Size Me?  In this documentary, director Morgan Spurlock subjects himself to a diet of only McDonald’s fast food three times a day for 30 days (without working out.) The outcome of Spurlock’s McExperiment—a weight gain of approximately 25 lbs., a 13% increase in body mass, a cholesterol level of 230, lots of mood swings, a bit of sexual dysfunction, and even some fat accumulation to the liver. Yikes!

After this movie debuted, McDonald’s decided to say “adios” to the Super Size option on their menu, but the debate regarding fast food and the role it plays in this country’s obesity epidemic is still alive and well. Try Googling “fast food and obesity” and check out the results—you’ll find hundreds of articles discussing this topic. However, the facts are plain and simple: a steady diet composed of unhealthy food (aka food that is high in calories, saturated fat, sodium content, etc.) will inevitably cause weight gain (amongst other problems.)

So was the outcome of Spurlock’s experiment in Super Size Me really that shocking? Not particularly. Have the fast food giants mastered the ability to tap into our unconscious desire to consume any and everything that is unhealthy? Or are we simply to blame for making bad choices?