This year, to recognize World Diabetes Day we’ll be watching “Super Size Me.” In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s a documentary by Morgan Spurlock following his experience and the consequences of his eating a diet of solely McDonald’s food for one month.
Although this movie has been around for several years (it was created in 2004) we thought it would be interesting to invite our patients and the community to view it and get their opinions. Seeing the movie again reminded us of the deep impact that the fast food industry has on our society. The movie is sometimes humorous, sometimes educational, sometimes disgusting and almost entirely shocking.
Our society’s obesity epidemic can’t be entirely blamed on fast food of course, but exploring its impact on our population is worthwhile. Where do we draw the line between personal responsibility and governing what restaurants serve and how they share their nutrition information?
Consider some of the questions posed by the documentary through its content:
- Is fast food addictive?
- Should restaurants be required to put nutrition information on their menus?
- What do you think about the current status of the school lunch program?
- How influenced are we and our children by fast food advertisements?
- How does a diet significantly high in processed foods with refined carbohydrate, fat and sodium negatively affect one’s health?
If you’re curious or want to discuss any of these questions we invite you to join us for our World Diabetes Day Movie Night to watch “Super Size Me” with us and engage in some lively discussion.
Popcorn and beverages provided. This event is FREE. Visit the movie night’s Facebook Event Page to share it with your friends or leave comments!
Annie House, RD, CDE and Gina DeAngelis, RD