“Its choice. We all have choices. Its our choices that make us fat, not McDonalds
John Cisna of Ankeny — who is also a science teacher in the Colo-Nesco School District — put together his own amateur documentary looking at the fast-food giant.
Everyone is aware of the SUPER SIZE ME Documentary made about a decade ago, which is describes as, directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, where we follow him along a 30-day period during which he ate only McDonald’s food. The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effect on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.
The documentary was good, it was extreme obviously, but the point was made. In the documentary, he ate exclusively from the fast food place. Every meal, for 30 days. Anyone knows that something like that would be bad for you. Thats a bad idea. But, even still, it was an eye opening experience for a lot of people and even affected some change within the fast food industry. If you look at fast food menus of a decade ago, to the menu items right now, you can see a clear difference.
EVERY fast food place that I know of, offers low fat and healthier options on the menu. There have been an uprising of a lot of healthier fast food and fast casual options like a CHIPOTLE or a CHOP STOP …. and even burger places are putting a premium on better quality meat, fresh produce, etc.
But one man, took it a little bit further after viewing the documentary. John Cisna, a high school science teacher from Ankeny, OHIO, decided to make his own documentary taking a look at the fast-food chain. The science teacher and three of his students at Colo-Nesco High School this past fall, did the same thing, 90 days of Mickey D’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but with a strict daily nutritional limitations of 2,000 calories and trying to stay close to the recommended dietary allowances for nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fat calories, cholesterol.
They had different results. Interesting results, but nothing that I don’t think we didn’t already know. If you are a believer in the ‘recommended daily allowances’ for food, it doesn’t matter what you eat, where you eat, how its prepared, all of those things.
Also, something that got overlooked there, is how much he upped his physical activity. A lot of what goes in your mouth matters, but you also have to start the furnace going and burn some of that stuff off. Going from eating bad and having no activity, to eating “right” and working out an hour a day, is going to make a huge difference.
Obviously, the higher the quality of product and the better prepared, the better off you are going to be, but as long as you don’t eat too much and you don’t eat crazy, and you step up your physical activity, you are going to be good regardless, eating at the D’s or otherwise.
JSYK : I’m still not messing with McDonalds, just thought that this was a very interesting turn of events. I will be interested to see what the full documentary looks like and if it will be available.
Science teacher creates documentary based on McDonald’s diet – KCCI.com
Super Size Me – WIKI