Super size this | Bleader

Super size this


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe


You have to pay to read the whole article online, but there's an interesting piece in New Scientist right now about re-creating the conceit behind the movie Super Size Me, in which filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days and documented the effect on his health. The re-creation was done under very controlled scientific conditions in Sweden and had surprising results. The experiment, as I understand it from this Wall Street Journal report and other commentary, used a cross-section of volunteers who all started at roughly the same low weight, had a mechanism to measure/ensure a lack of physical activity, and had the subjects eat a certain (ginormous) number of calories of junk/fast food every day. The result: people gained weight at very different rates--the experiment affected people's health in very different ways, period. Maintaining the same inactivity and eating the same food, some people gained a lot, more than Spurlock, some gained half that, some a little. Changes in cholesterol levels were wildly different too; one subject even came out with a lower reading. This whole thing doesn't surprise me too much, but it's intriguing enough that I'm tempted to pony up the $4.95.

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Add a comment