The Heartbreaking Death Of Super Size Me Director, Morgan Spurlock

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Spurlock’s primary claim to fame came from the overnight success of his 2004 fast food documentary “Super Size Me.” In the film, the director committed to eating nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days to explore how that can affect one’s body and mind. He followed a self-imposed stipulation that he had to “super-size” his meal if given the option by the person taking his order. By the end of the movie, Spurlock had gained 25 pounds and claimed that he was suffering from depression and liver malfunction. 

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After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie grossed $22 million globally – a tidy sum for a documentary. It also earned the director a nod from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Soon after “Super Size Me” was released, McDonald’s was mired in controversy and stopped offering its “super-size” option for customers to upgrade the size of their crispy french fries and soda, though both Spurlock and McDonald’s deny the movie was the motivation for doing so. 

The film started a public dialogue about fast food restaurants around the country and how nutritious their products are, and it is still used today as an educational tool in various academic spaces. However, it is not entirely free from criticism due to Spurlock’s refusal to publicly release his diet logs from the experience.

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