Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Supersize Me

Well, we finally saw Supersize Me: A Film of Epic Portions.

Let's just say I am reconsidering my "it's okay once every two weeks" rule.

Aside from provoking sympathy nausea, the documentary also provoked considerable debate about the recently resurrected lawsuit against McDonald's. Isn't it obvious that fast food is bad for your health (though it takes the movie to see just how bad)? Isn't health and weight an issue of personal responsiblity? Is it so wrong for McDonald's to make a buck or two (or $5 billion) by providing something that people want (even if they shouldn't want it)?

Then again, many of the same arguments were used to criticize the lawsuits against tobacco companies for promoting smoking.

There's a little public health advocate in me, based on the population-wide obesity epidemic, that has me reserving some judgment on the lawsuit.

But, in terms of tastiness, the judgment of McDonald's is clear: not good food. Except maybe for the fries. Once every two months, tops.

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