Monday, July 17, 2006

REVIEW: "Super-Size Me" [DVD]

Today I watched the movie, "Super-Size Me". Very interesting, and very true! The part where the guy gets the Super-size meal, and proceeds until he's so stuffed that he pukes ... case in point that we eat TOO much!

Here are some notes I took from the movie .. stuff that I found really interesting:

"In the ER, people who've overdosed on heroine to the point of a comatose state are given a drug called "Noloxone" (sp?). This drug blocks the opiate receptors in the brain, thereby stopping the heroine and 'waking up' the addict from his comatose state....
If you take a chocoholic ... someone who eats chocolate like it's going out of style, and you give them this same drug, Noloxone, they will lose interest in chocolate!
--> it's the drug effect of the food on the brain that keeps us going back again & again." (Neal Barnard, M.D.)

"in the last 20-25 years there's been a doubling of overweight children & adolescents -- this is linked to countless health problems for them later in life."

* "If current trends continue, 1 out of every 3 children born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime."

* "17 million Americans have Type 2 Diabetes -- that's one out of every 20 people." (Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health & Human Services)

* "If Diabetes starts before the age of 15, you lose between 17 and 20 years of life span." (William Klish, M.D.)

* "20% of obese children have elevated abnormal liver function tests ... now doing study... biopsying... 1/2 of these children already have scaring of their livers and cirosis...
--> If their habits don't change, they'll end up with liver failure, or require transplant -- or face death."

* "The cost of a healthy school lunch program is the same as an unhealthy school lunch program" ... only reason the schools don't switch is because the junk food companies put up too much of a stink!

* "The average American child sees 10,000 food advertisements per year on T.V. (95% for sugared cereals, soft drinks, fast food, and candy)." (Kelly Brownell, Ph.D)

* "The most heavily advertised foods are consumed the most."

* "Americans eat out for 40% of their meals."

* "McDonald's is the worst because they aim at the kids (big advertising -- clown, Happy Meals, birthday parties, etc)."

* The "Biggie" drink at 7/11 is 1/2 gallon .. contains 48 tsp. of sugar (approx)!

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