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A battle betweendietary resolve,appeal of arches

As I watched Morgan Spurlock’s month-long McBinge, I thought I’d never eat fast food again.The documentary features super-sized butts filling the screen, knappy-haired McDonald’s sundaes and Spurlock vomiting after a Big Mac attacks his digestion. I felt like running to the first 24-hour exercise joint I could find off of Interstate 70.But I had underestimated the power of the red-and-yellow jumpsuit-clad clown. One simple suggestion, and I became mesmerized.”Want to get a hot fudge sundae at McDonald’s?” Aidan Leonard, a past he-says movie reviewer, asked me and Dan as the credits rolled.Without a second thought, we reeled down Highway 9, hoping against hope those golden arches still glowed brightly at 11:30 p.m. Friday in Silverthorne.In a town where liquor stores shut down by 11 p.m., good old Mickey D’s still serves – and you don’t have to be 21 to buy.As we grabbed our hot fudge sundaes, Aidan asked for more nuts, though we assured him we didn’t need super-sized nuts.That night, we became part of the 48 million people the super clown mesmerizes daily, according to Spurlock.I could blame my lack of will on the McDonald’s game I had as a kid – designed, I’m sure, to hypnotize young McMinds to work under the golden arches as a rite of passage.These days, Ronald and friends offer colorful playgrounds and french-fry-filled birthday parties to create greasy childhood memories that coagulate into lifelong eating habits.Spurlock shows how ingrained we are with McDonald’s when he asks random people to recite the Pledge of Allegiance; they stumble on “with liberty and justice for all,” but they instantly recall the “two all beef patty” pledge.He balances his documentary with shocking predictions (if Americans continue eating poorly and not exercising, one out of four children born in 2000 will develop diabetes) and personal observations about how he feels nauseous and gets headaches after eating three meals a day at McDonald’s.He avoids producing a documentary that drags by weaving his story with results of regular blood screenings, weigh-ins and consultations with three doctors and a dietitian, interviews with sue-happy lawyers more interested in the bottom line than the scale and school officials turning a blind eye to students’ horrid nutrition.His vegetarian girlfriend candidly admits Hamburgler stole their sex life.Meanwhile, doctors urge Spurlock to turn in his happy meals before his heart or liver demonstrate exactly how very unhappy they are.According to its Web site, McDonald’s says its “high quality foods can fit into a balanced diet.” But after watching “Super Size Me,” you probably won’t want to eat McAnything for quite awhile.Unless, of course, someone offers to buy you a hot fudge sundae.Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 245, or by e-mail at knicoletti@summitdaily.com.


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