Director Morgan Spurlock died: Because of the documentary, he only ate at McDonald's for a month

Morgan Spurlock / Photo: EPA/PAUL BUCK

Morgan Spurlock, the director of the documentary film "Super size me" (Super size me), whose needs he ate only at McDonald's for a month, has died at the age of 53, his family said.

His relatives announced that he "died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends, on May 23 in New York from complications of cancer," reports The Guardian.

In a film released in 2004, Spurlock conducted an experiment in which he ate only at McDonald's for 30 days and recorded his physical and mental health during that time, and explored the corporate influence of the fast food industry, which encourages unhealthy eating for its own sake. profit.

Spurlock ate three meals a day and had to take a "super large" portion if offered. On average, he consumed about 5.000 calories a day, and as a result, by the end of the month, he gained 11,1 kg, which is an increase of 13 percent of his body weight.

His cholesterol rose to 230, he experienced mood swings and sexual dysfunction. Before the experiment, it took him a total of 14 months to reach his body weight.

The reason for Spurlock's research was the large increase in the number of obese people in the United States, but also the lawsuit of two girls against McDonald's who claimed that they became obese because of their products. The film was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category.

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