As reported on FoxNews.com
In his 2004 documentary "Super Size Me," filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate at McDonald's for a month and gained 25 pounds.
Maybe he didn't eat there long enough. Another Morgan — Merab Morgan of Henderson, N.C. — has lost 33 pounds after more than two months on a McDonald's-only diet.
Mickey D's is affordable, the 35-year-old woman explained, and nearly every franchise posts a chart, also available on the Web, listing the calories in each menu item.
So Morgan simply memorized the chart, and now calculates how many calories each meal will be before she goes to the drive-through window.
"I just [stay] anywhere between 1,200 and 1,400 calories a day," she told WRAL-TV of Raleigh.
That's well under the 1,800 to 2,200 calories nutritionists deem the "replacement value" for a healthy adult, and far less than the 3,500 daily calories Morgan told the Raleigh News & Observer she had been eating prior to the diet.
Morgan, who's raising two kids alone and works in construction, spends between $9 and $11 per day on food, sometimes ordering all three meals at once.
At 5-foot-9, she's down to 195 pounds and has gone from a size 24 to a size 15.
Barry Popkin, a nutritionist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health, doubted that Morgan was getting enough minerals, fibers and vitamins, but admired her for devising a system that works.
"She's created, for her lifestyle, a very smart diet," Popkin told the News & Observer. "The moral of the story for every person is [that] you've got to work out a plan that fits your lifestyle."
Morgan would like to be the McDonald's version of Jared Fogle, the young man who lost weight on Subway sandwiches.
But she added that the company's attitude toward customer solicitation was basically, "We appreciate all your good ideas, but keep them to yourself."
In watching Morgan Spurlock's documentary on McDonald's I found myself in quite the quandry. All through the film I was intensly craving some food from McD's, but at the same time I never wanted to eat there again. Being a rational person, I know that the results in "Super Size Me" were exaggerated for the purpose of shock value, so that film didn't stop me from consuming those delicious delectables.
The above story provides the perfect example of what happens when someone is personally responsible for their actions. Many of the people Spurlock interviews and talks about in "Super Size Me" are looking for someone else to blame for their weight. Above we have a lady who realizes what it takes to lose weight. It doesn't take congressional action against McDonald's. It doesn't take a multi-million dollar settlement. All it takes is personal responsibility. You know what things you are putting into your body, and if you don't, it's your responsibility to find out. This woman's story is the anti-thesis to Spurlock's film.
I saw an episode of the ESPN show "Teammates" where NFL wide reciever Chad Johnson claimed that he eats at McDonald's virtually every day after practice. That makes two examples of people who benefit from their McDonald's intake. One is an obese woman who has found a way to lose weight eating the foods that she loves and one is the pinnacle of human athleticism who burns that fat and energy in grueling NFL practices and workouts.
Now, Spurlock is on to other subjects. The cable channel F/X has given him his own series called "30 days" where he tracks people being taken out of their comfort zones for a month and living new experiences. I recently saw an interview with someone who was claiming that the results of the show aren't what they seem. This person claimed that there is a predetermined outcome to each episode. It seems this person was supposed to be the subject of the episode concerning American Muslims. He was told before the experience began that throughout he will gain an appreciation and understanding for the difficulties that are inherent in being a Muslim in America. He objected to being the subject, because he didn't think it was right predetermining how he was supposed to feel at the end of an experience that is supposed to be documentary in nature. It all just goes to show you that if you persuasive enough you can always put forth the evidence to prove your point. It's no different in the world of documentary film-making.