Synopses & Reviews
For thirty days, Morgan Spurlock ate nothing but McDonald’s as part of an investigation into the effects of fast food on American health. The resulting documentary earned him an Academy Award nomination and broke box-office records worldwide.
But there’s more to the story, and in Don’t Eat This Book, Spurlock examines everything from school lunch programs and the marketing of fast food to the decline of physical education. He looks at why fast food is so tasty, cheap, and ultimately seductive—and interviews experts from surgeons general and kids to marketing gurus and lawmakers, who share their research and opinions on what we can do to offset a health crisis of supersized proportions.
Don’t eat this groundbreaking, hilarious book—but if you care about your country’s health, your children’s, and your own, you better read it.
“Breezy, humorous.” —The New York Times
“Fact-packed and funny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Spurlock expands on [Super Size Me’s] harrowing themes of American obesity and offers causes and cures, all while remaining—get this—entertaining. Like a funnier Michael Moore.” —Maxim
“A sobering look at the country’s obesity crisis.” —People (Great Reads)
“Just reading this book will give the average reader indigestion…a shocking indictment of the fast food industry.” —Tucson Citizen
“He has a story to tell, and it’s scary enough to keep you out of that drive-through line.” —Charleston Post and Courier
“Alternately hilarious and discouraging…provides further details about the health impact of the nation’s poor eating choices.” —Toledo Blade
“Detailed and nuanced…very amusing.” —Maclean’s
“With a combination of wit, sarcasm, anger, and hard-hitting research, Spurlock argues that groups such as the American Medical Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have been corrupted by corporate interests.” —St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Spurlock [writes] in his trademark take-no-prisoners style and with a humor that saves him from sounding pious or self-satisfied. A powerful work of reporting and punditry.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The nauseating truth from the producer, director, and guinea pig of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Super Size Me
Just when you figured it was safe to scarf fries again comes the factpacked and funny new alarm bell from the man whose month-long McDonald's diet became the subject of an Oscar-nominated, box-office-bonanza documentary. Here Morgan Spurlock examines everything from school lunch programs and the marketing of fast food to the decline of physical education. He looks at why fast food is so tasty, cheap, and ultimately seductive-and interviews everyone from surgeons general and kids to marketing gurus and lawmakers, who share their research and opinions on what we can do to offset a health crisis of supersized proportions.
The winner of the Sundance Best Director Award for his film of the same name takes a deeper look at the health crisis resulting from the fast food industry.
About the Author
Morgan Spurlock is an award-winning writer, producer, and director. Spurlock won the Best Director prize at the Sundance and Edinburgh film festivals for Super Size Me. The film was a National Board of Review and Critic's Choice Best Documentary nominee, and the New York Film Critics Online Best Documentary of 2004.