MARQUETTE Ã‚– Two upcoming events at Northern Michigan University will focus on the award-winning documentary, Super Size Me, which examines fast food and the obesity epidemic in America.
The film will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 22) in Jamrich 102. Morgan Spurlock, the producer and director of Super Size Me, will give a presentation the following week on the making of the film. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Each event is free for NMU students and $1 for non-students.
Spurlock was honored with the best director award in documentary competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. During the making of Super Size Me, he went against his doctorÃ‚’s wishes and subjected himself to a 30-day Ã‚“McDonalds onlyÃ‚” diet to document the impact on his health.
After scores of cheeseburgers, hundreds of fries and dozens of shakes, Spurlock packed on 25 pounds. But weight gain was the least of his problems. His liver became toxic, his cholesterol shot up from 165 to 230, his libido flagged and he suffered headaches and depression.
In addition to documenting his own drive-through eating experiences, Spurlock travels to 20 cities across America, where he interviews people on the street, health experts and a lobbyist for the fast-food industry. Super Size Me is SpurlockÃ‚’s first feature film.
NMUÃ‚’s Platform Personalities is sponsoring his presentation. For more information, call 227-2439.