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Is Fast Food Causing Our Kids to Become Addicts?

Last night I watched Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me” for the first time. I’m not really sure how I managed to miss it before now, but I’ll blame it on a really busy schedule that’s often filled with things like “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “iCarly” and “Sponge Bob.”

For those of you who haven’t seen the fast food documentary, Spurlock spends 30 days eating McDonald’s for every meal – breakfast, lunch and dinner. During that month, if it wasn’t on the McD’s menu, he didn’t eat it. (Gulp.)

The reason? There was a pending court case where two young women filed a law suit against McDonald’s because of physical ailments they perceive to have come about because of their longterm McD’s intake. Spurlock decided to test out their theory – that eating a diet comprised primarily (or solely in his case) McDonald’s can harm your body.

At the start of the film, Spurlock was a svelte 185.5 pounds and above average in terms of physical strength and endurance. During the course of the experiment, which if you remember lasted a mere 30 days, he gained 24 pounds (whaaaat??!!), and nearly every other health-related measurement got noticeably and unbelievably worse.

The doctors and nutritionists tracking Spurlock’s progress actually redid several of the tests and measurements because they were so shocked by the rapid changes. It was quite staggering how quickly things like cholesterol levels and kidney functions worsened. And, Spurlock noticed he was depressed – something he never struggled with before, but noticed about 10 days into the experiment that if he ate more McDonald’s, his mood improved – until an hour went by and he crashed again.

They likened the mental and physical behavior to that of an addict. A DRUG addict.

This documentary was eye-opening, in the same way that “Food Inc.” was, too. The difference with “Super Size Me,” however, is that it shows one specific example of a particular food and exactly the effect it has on your body.

I’m not going to pretend that our family doesn’t eat fast food – heck, our kids know exactly what the those golden arches represent. It almost seems…innate. We do our best to eat mostly homemade meals so I’d like to believe that the occasional chicken nugget or French fry isn’t going to cause long-term addict qualities in my children.

But it does make you wonder….

Have you vowed to make any food resolutions or changes in 2012?

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Liza Hawkins has an obsession for food in a variety of forms that has fueled her passion for humorous, inquisitive and genuine writing. Liza is one of our regular contributors, so you can read more of her here on Prime Parents’ Club, or find her on her foodie blog, (a)Musing Foodie. [/author_info]



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  1. Liz

    January 20, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Interesting … I wanted to see that movie but never got around to it, perhaps I’ll check it out one of these days.

  2. Liza Hawkins

    January 4, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Gah! Brain shrinkage?

  3. TimeOutDad

    January 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I just saw on the news last night that there’s a study out that shows that fast food (foods high in trans fats) actually causes brain shrinkage!

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