It is rare that a movie brings me to tears. It is even rarer that a movie has led me to go do something -- to set a new goal for myself.
Last night, I went and saw the documentary "Super Size Me" at the Broadway Theater.
For those who are unfamiliar with the movie, this guy, Morgan Spurlock (SP?), goes to eat at McDonald's every day for 30 days. He doesn't just go once a day, but for all three meals. He can't eat anything that is not on the McDonald's menu.
He starts out visiting 3 doctors with different specialities on day 0. They all tell him that he's crazy, but he shouldn't suffer any major health effects as long as he does it for just 30 days.
He gains 10% of his body weight in the first 5 days or so. We gets phisically fatter by the end. He feels fatigued. His girlfriend describes in very PG-13 terms his sexual finction decreasing. We wakes up on day 21 with what feels like heart palpitations.
At the end of the 30 days, his liver shows the same damage as if he had been on a heavy drinking binge for 30 days. His doctors were floored by the tremendous health effects caused by his crazy diet.
I'm not eating fast food for a while, and I'm starting to work out.