This may sound a lot like the familiar “Super Size Me”, but it actually could not be farther from this documentary. John Cisna wanted to prove the point that by eating nothing except for McDonald’s for half a year, he could lose weight.
Feeling confused? We were too, so we decided to watch the short ‘film’, which appears to be almost an infomercial, available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPp27kQpkmE
If it makes no sense to you how eating McDonalds everyday could possibly result in weight loss or an increase in health, you are not alone. However, after watching the video, you will find that Cisna dramatically decreased his caloric intake from eating around 4,000 calories a day to around 2,000 calories a day, as well as going from a sedentary lifestyle to walking 45 minutes a day.
While it’s true that anyone eating any kind of food while restricting caloric intake will lose weight, the film does nothing to explain this process, counting calories, or anything relating to the process Cisna’s body is going through. The film makes it appear that Cisna is getting healthier as a RESULT of eating McDonald’s, rather than his weight loss being in SPITE of eating it. The film leaves the watcher with the general message that we can control our health by the choices we make, but does little in the way of education.
Despite all of this, Cisna’s 540 Meals is now being shown in schools around the nation. McDonald’s has even come up with a discussion form for teachers to use while their students are viewing the film. This is all being promoted as ‘health education’, although there is very little in terms of factual information and much is omitted throughout the entire video- such as the fact the McDonald’s provided Cisna with free food throughout his entire experiment, or that he had to cut calories even lower than 2,000 a day to stay under the food’s fat content, or the fact that sodium and sugar weren’t even being accounted for, or maybe the fact that Cisna now works for McDonald’s as a promoter.
What do you think of this film being shown in schools and presented as health education? What kind of karma are you giving your body by filling it with low nutrition food and cutting calories? Leave your comment below!