Saturday, March 25, 2006

Growth - Super Size Me

Does the name Morgan Spurlock ring a bell? Morgan Spurlock wrote, directed and starred in the 2004 documentary, Super Size Me. The tagline for the movie is "a film of epic proportion." It's about a 33 year old New Yorker in excellent health who is inspired by a spate of lawsuits aimed at junk food purveyors to do a thirty-day experiment. Super Size Me chronicles Spurlock's 30-day human experiment.

For thirty days, Spurlock eats breakfast, lunch and dinner at McDonalds. His human experiment had three rules. First, he could only eat at McDonalds. Second, he had to eat every menu item at least once during the month. Third, if he was asked whether he wanted to super size his meal he had to answer yes.
During his human experiment, Morgan Spurlock was monitered by a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, a family doctor, and a nutritionist.

After the first week, Spurlock gained over 10 pounds. After ten days, Spurlock was up 17 pounds. After the full thirty days, Spurlock had put on 25 pounds. He went from 185 pounds to 210. Eating 5,000 calories a day will do that to you. His McDiet also created some other problems. His cholestrol went sky high. He experienced sexual dysfunction, headaches, nausea and signs of addiction.

We can all see that Morgan Spurlock experienced growth, but we also recognize that his growth was bad growth. Today we are going to consider good growth - spiritual growth.


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