Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Book Review Of The Month: "Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America" By: Morgan Spurlock

Okay, how many of you out there are fast food babies? You know what I mean. I see those of us who grew up thinking a McDonald's #2 with an apple pie was a balanced meal, nodding like a bobble-head. Eighty percent of the rest of you stiff-necked readers need to surrender to the old adage that, "confession is good for the soul." The truth is that most Americans who grew up after the Civil Rights generation were weaned on fast food. Some of us could identify the golden arches before we could identify our grandparents.

American citizens are now feeling the aftereffects of feeding on such unhealthy diets during our developmental years. Obesity, diabetes, cancer, and a slew of other nutrition-related diseases are running rampant. Still we can't totally blame our parents for our health woes. Ignorance is bliss, plus most of us were begging for it- literally. Don't front and act like you never pitched a fit and whined like Urkel (from that TV show, "Family Matters") for a happy meal with that special included toy.

However, hindsight is genius, and with a little analytical thought, we're now becoming hip to the whole fast food game. The proverbial gig is up. Now that most of us have younger family members and/or children who are craving fast food like possessed children of the corn, we're realizing that there's something to this fast food hustle. Those special little toys that we used to get with our kid's meal was part of the lure to make us love the whole fast food experience. Thus, making us consumers and public advocates for our favorite fast food chains from the cradle to the casket. Pretty slick, huh? But like I said, "The gig is up."

Exploring the dangerous effects of fast food consumption in his book, "Don't Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America," is Morgan Spurlock. Morgan Spurlock was the producer, director, and test subject of the documentary "Super Size Me." For his documentary, Mr. Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald's for 30 days straight, three-meals-a-day. The results of this dietary regiment are astonishing. Let's just say ol' boy is lucky to still have a pulse.

In, "Don't Eat This Book," Morgan Spurlock discusses the physical, mental, and emotional effects of being a human guinea pig for his documented experiment. He also goes into depth about the dangers that may be lurking on the end of your fork due to the way that food is processed and grown.

One of the most enlightening revelations that Mr. Spurlock expresses in his book is that there are just as much, if not more, toxins and chemicals in the food we eat as there are in cigarettes. YES, CIGARETTES! You know, those things appropriately nicknamed cancer sticks. However, that shouldn't be so shocking considering that the same companies that manufacture cigarettes, own most of the food companies. (Spurlock provides a comprehensive listing of these companies in the book's appendix). I think we can all agree that that's one to grow on.

Refreshingly, "Don't Eat This Book" isn't just a complain and blame session. It is an informative and witty book that also provides solutions. Morgan Spurlock provides his readers with resources for improving their health, and implementing nourishing meal plans that fit their lifestyles.

This book is a must read! It's educational, entertaining, and it just might save your life.

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