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"Super Size Me" makes enormous impression on Movie Night
By Jill Keith, Nutrition/Foodservice Instructor, Registered Dietitian
4 April 2006

      The documentary movie "Super Size Me," was featured March 22 during Movie Night at the Wopila Coffee Shop.

      The Community Nutrition Class in the Nutrition and Foodservice Program showed the educational film as part of National Nutrition Month. About 30 adults and more than 15 children were present.

      "Super Size Me" illustrates how fast food contributes to the nation's obesity epidemic by following filmmaker and human guinea pig Morgan Spurlock through a 'McDonald's only' diet for 30 days straight. It was entertaining and horrifying to see him rapidly gain weight and experience health problems. Many of the students and families said they would eat fast food less often after seeing the film.

      "I never realized even the salads could have so many calories and fat," said one UTTC employee.

      "I know now that there are ways to keep my children healthy and I shouldn't choose fast food," said a UTTC student.

      As part of the national observance in March, campus dietitians promoted the practice of eating at home as a family.

      Students in Nutrition & Foodservice program focus on healthy nutrition and food preparation in their classes.


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