Posted Aug 12, 2005 in Health.

Merab Morgan, of Raleigh, North Carolina, says she lost 37 pounds over a period of 90 days, eating nothing but McDonald's. Annoyed at the “Super Size Me” documentary, in which Morgan Spurlock put on 30 pounds in 30 days doing the same thing, Merab wanted to prove a point:

I thought it's two birds with one stone -- to lose weight and to prove a point for the little fat people. Just because they accidentally put an apple pie in my bag instead of my apple dippers doesn't mean I'm going to say, “Oh, I can eat the apple pie.”

At last, common sense prevails! Spurlock actually managed to get the FX Television Network to give him a TV show by eating like a complete asshole for 30 days. On that basis, they should give me a three-picture movie deal! Congratulations to Merab Morgan, and all the other McDieters, for showing this moron the truth.


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    A 2,000 calorie diet on McDonald's only? That's basically one meal a day, maybe two if she doesn't eat any large products. I wouldn't say it's healthy either way. Eating fatty burgers and fries may have helped her lose weight but I bet her heart has been permanently damaged, just like Morgan Spurlock's. I believe it's all in moderation and if most of America would follow that train of thought we wouldn't have the obesity problems that we are facing.

    Posted by Stephan Segraves on Aug 14, 2005.

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    Some of the menu offered by McDonald's is actually quite reasonable, from a health standpoint. In the CNN article, it was stated that she only had fries twice during the 90 day period, and burgers aren't all that fatty - it's the cheese that's the killer.

    Spurlock ate huge quantities of crap (including huge milkshakes, ice-cream, fries, etc.), and it is no wonder he got ill. Serves him right.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Aug 14, 2005.

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    I completely agree about Spurlock eating nothing but crap, and he brought his health problems upon himself. I think that Supersize Me brought up good points about how we feed children and the health risks involved with a fast food diet, which is how a lot of Americans eat nowadays (sadly).

    Posted by Stephan Segraves on Aug 14, 2005.

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    McDonalds tastes good. I like almost all their products (their coffee is a bit poor). Out here in Hong Kong they have this Korean Beef thing which is just wonderful. Almost worth flying here for!

    People in Hong Kong eat loads of McDonalds... and KFRIEDC. The restaurants are packed with people; you can never get a seat. And the rest of the time they eat Chinese... which has LOADS of fat and carbs in it. However, people here are not generally fat. As far as I can make out this is mainly due to the fact that, unlike many westerners, and in particular Americans, they won't take the car to pop round next door to borrow a cup of sugar (anyone remember that fabulous moment in LA Story?).

    Also, they don't have the 'oh my word, if I take another bite I am going to pass out' portions. Their maximum size, which coincidentally they call Supersize, is what in the US would be considered, medium. Now this is great for them but for me, when their Supersize Big Mac meal costs an embarrassing US$2, it just means I am going to order two of those bad boys..... minimum!

    There is no hope for me I fear.....

    Posted by Tim on Aug 18, 2005.

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    Tim - we are entirely of one mind on this one. It's good to hear from you :)

    Posted by Simon Jessey on Aug 18, 2005.