Monday, 02 March 2015 09:06

Want Fries With That? SUPER SIZE ME Screens at Schlafly Bottleworks Thursday Night

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“See, now’s the time of the meal when you start getting the McStomach ache. You start getting the McTummy. You get the McGurgles in there. You get the McBrick, then you get the McStomach ache. Right now I’ve got some McGas that’s rockin’. My arms… I feel like I’ve got some McSweats goin’. My arms got the McTwitches going in here from all the sugar that’s going in my body right now. I’m feeling a little McCrazy!”

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SUPER SIZE ME screens at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood Thursday, March 5th at 7pm. It is a benefit for Helping Kids Together

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SUPER SIZE ME is a 2004 documentary by Morgan Spurlock who basically does an experiment to see what eating McDonald’s three times a day for 30 days can do to the body. When the film opens, he’s in excellent health. His girlfriend is a vegetarian so it’s obvious he eats well. Noting the increased problem of obesity in this country he decided to prove the potential dangers of fast food, and surprise! He gains weight and his cholesterol goes up, he feels sick, lethargic, etc. I used to occasionally go into McDonald’s, and then I saw this film. After seeing it, I will *never* go into any fast-food chain in the world, even if my life depended on eating something…….just kidding! (except the Chicken McNuggets! – after seeing how they are made in the film, I don’t think I’d ever eat them again – but I rarely ordered them before anyway).

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In SUPER SIZE ME, Spurlock brings up some law suits that overweight people have filed against fast food companies saying their health problems and obesity are the fault of places like McDonald’s Look, exactly who would eat EVERY meal for 30 days at ANY restaurant?? Spurlock’s point is well taken and presented clearly, but if you choose to eat that much food each meal for a month what would you expect?? Most folk understand that McDonalds is not “health food” and act accordingly… People in the United States are going to have to start taking some responsibility for their actions…If someone eats himself into obesity it is their fault… Nobody shoves Big Macs into your mouth but you… It is just as easy to eat a salad and get some exercise… Let’s face it, people eat at McDonalds because it tastes good.. Don’t blame the corporation for an epidemic of obesity… Whatever happened to “Just Say No”? That said, SUPER SIZE ME is an interesting, funny, and enjoyable movie and I look forward to seeing it again when it plays Thursday, March 5th at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood.

The Facebook invite for the event can be found HERE

 https://www.facebook.com/events/349263458592780

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Doors open at 6:30pm. $6 suggested for the screening. A yummy variety of food from Schlafly’s kitchen is available as are plenty of pints of their famous home-brewed suds. A bartender will be on hand to take care of you. “Culture Shock” is the name of a film series here in St. Louis that is the cornerstone project of a social enterprise that is an ongoing source of support for Helping Kids Together ( http://www.helpingkidstogether.com/) a St. Louis based social enterprise dedicated to building cultural diversity and social awareness among young people through the arts and active living. The films featured for “Culture Shock” demonstrate an artistic representation of culture shock materialized through mixed genre and budgets spanning music, film and theater. Through ‘A Film Series’ working relationship with Schlafly Bottleworks, they seek to provide film lovers with an offbeat mix of dinner and a movie opportunities. We hope to see everyone next Thursday night!

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