Tuesday, March 01, 2005


EDMONTON - An Edmonton man will end his month-long McDonald's-only diet tomorrow the same way it began: with a Big Mac. Les Sayer has lost 17 pounds and lowered his blood pressure while trying to prove to his Grade 12 biology students that the Academy Award-nominated documentary Super Size Me is biased. Unlike filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, whose film did not take home an Oscar on Sunday, Mr. Sayer added an hour of exercise per day to his daily regimen during the experiment. It's that variable, says the self-described coach potato, that led the popular movie down a predictably skewed path.

Hat tip: Hit and Run.

1 comment:

Adam Scavone said...

And check out today's Spec editorial. Having once been hostage to a meal plan, I wholeheartedly sympathize with the complaints raised by the editors about campus food being crappy and not necessarily the best stuff on earth.

But c'mon:

"Tempted by delicious, cheap, delivery—Ollie’s, we’re looking in your direction—overworked students too often subsist on unhealthy diets. If the University cares about our well-being, it must do everything in its power to provide us with proper nutrition. Putting students on a lengthy wait-list to meet with one of three dieticians doesn’t count. It’s time to hire more dieticians, add healthy options to the menus, and make all nutritional information readily and easily available to every student. Our waistlines depend on it."

"Our waistlines depend on it"?! No - maybe "Our tastebuds depend on it," or "Our sense of righteousness that comes with our eating organic tofu covered in organic tofu sprout dressing depends on it," but not so much "our waistlines," as this guy in Edmonton so beautifully demonstrates.

("Hire more dieticians"?! As John Stossel might say, "Give me a break!")