Horrifying effects of eating McDonald's for a month on Morgan Spurlock's body ... trends now

Horrifying effects of eating McDonald's for a month on Morgan Spurlock's body ... trends now
Horrifying effects of eating McDonald's for a month on Morgan Spurlock's body ... trends now

Horrifying effects of eating McDonald's for a month on Morgan Spurlock's body ... trends now

Documentarian Morgan Spurlock - the man behind the 2004 fast food expose Super Size Me - has died from cancer at age 53.

There is no indication his stunt 20 years ago, which saw him eat only McDonald's food for a month, was connected to his death.

But the experiment took a major toll on his body at the time - sending his cholesterol levels and body fat rocketing and turning his 'liver into pate', as his doctor put it.

His health transformation was so shocking at the time it led to McDonald's axing its super sized menu options - and was a turning point in the way many Americans viewed fast food.

But years later it emerged that Spurlock struggled with alcoholism at the time of filming, which may have influenced the results.

His physical and mental health rapidly declined, and he gained 24.5 pounds by the end of the experiment

His physical and mental health rapidly declined, and he gained 24.5 pounds by the end of the experiment

By day two of his experiment, Mr Spurlock felt nauseous to the point of vomiting outside his car window

By day two of his experiment, Mr Spurlock felt nauseous to the point of vomiting outside his car window

In the documentary, the doctor examining him during the experiment said the fast food was 'pickling his liver' and that it looked like an 'alcoholic's after a binge' - but Spurlock failed to mention his alcoholism.

It wasn't until 2017 that Spurlock made the stunning admission that he'd 'consistently been drinking since the age of 13.'

He added: 'I haven't been sober for more than a week in 30 years.'

It led many to question whether this was truly the reason his liver looked like that of an alcoholic in the 2004 doc, and whether the shakes he suffered in the movie were symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Spurlock's 2017 confession also contradicts what he said in Super Size Me. 

When the doctor asked at the outset, 'Any alcohol use?', Spurlock replies: 'Now? None'.

At the start of the experiment, Spurlock weighed 185 pounds with a body mass index (BMI) of 23.2, which is considered healthy.

His doctor told him his liver was failing and had become mushy like pate. He also gained about 10 pounds in a week and his cholesterol soared

His doctor told him his liver was failing and had become mushy like pate. He also gained about 10 pounds in a week and his cholesterol soared

After just a few days of consuming only fast food, Spurlock began to experience negative health effects. 

He gained a significant amount of weight, and his BMI increased to 25.5, which is considered overweight. 

By the end of the experiment, he had gained 24.5 pounds, and his BMI increased to 30, or obese.

His cholesterol also increased from a healthy level to 230 mg/dL (6.0 mmol/L), which is considered 'borderline high risk' for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other heart issues. 

It suggested that fatty deposits had built up in his arteries, restricting blood flow to his heart.  

A growing body of research has also found strong links between high levels of refined sugars, saturated fats, and processed ingredients to depression, something Mr Spurlock struggled with during the documentary. 

The blood sugar spike that the food causes can lead to tiredness later, leaving a person less likely to engage in activities like socializing that could stave off depression. 

The rules of the experiment was to eat everything on the menu at least once during the month, and having to always answer ¿yes¿ to the question: ¿Would you like to Super Size that?¿

The rules of the experiment was to eat everything on the menu at least once during the month, and having to always answer ‘yes’ to the question: ‘Would you like to Super Size that?’

By the end of the experiment Mr Spurlock had gained about 25 pounds. His BMI soared from 23.5 to 30, placing him firmly in the obese category

By the end of the experiment Mr Spurlock had gained about 25 pounds. His BMI soared from 23.5 to 30, placing him firmly in the obese category

A 2014 study in Iran found that among 13,486 participants, a significant association was found between junk food consumption and psychiatric distress. Most violent behaviors were also significantly associated with junk food intake. 

Mr Spurlock's sex drive also suffered.  High levels of sugars and saturated fats restrict blood flow, making it difficult to perform in the bedroom. 

About halfway through Spurlock's girlfriend, a vegan chef, tell the audience that he's 'having

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