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<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Washington, D.C., June 8, 2005— Can a person lose weight eating only McDonald’s fast food? Independent filmmaker and animal trainer Soso Whaley  says, “Absolutely!” and has produced a new documentary to tell her story.
The 55-minute documentary “Me and Mickey D,” provides viewers with a very different outcome than that experienced by “Super Size” filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Unlike Spurlock, Whaley’s cholesterol level dropped 40 points; her skin remained peaches and cream, and, according to Whaley’s doctor, her body suffered no ill consequences. The trailer for “Me and Mickey D” is available on the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s website . Whaley’s receipts showing exactly what she ate at McDonalds during those first 30 days, can also be found on the website. CEI assisted Whaley in the initial stages of her project.
According to Whaley, the film will “put to rest the idea that fast food is bad for you. The only thing Morgan Spurlock’s film proved was if a person consumed 5,000 calories a day and stopped exercising, that person is going to gain weight. What’s the news in that? It appears voting members of the Academy Awards agreed with me when they debunked the junk behind his so-called ‘documentary.’”
Whaley’s concept for the film came about after viewing “Super Size Me,” prior to its being nominated for Best Documentary. Incensed that Spurlock blamed a fast food restaurant chain for making him fat, Soso began her own 30-day McDonald’s odyssey. Unlike Spurlock, who super-sized just about everything, Whaley admits she ate only to the point of feeling full. “In real life most people stop eating at that point; they don’t eat to the point of vomiting like Spurlock,” she adds.
While the film chronicles Whaley’s first 30 days McDonald’s diet, Whaley actually completed two additional, 30-day diets of McDonalds, bringing her total weight loss to a whopping 30 pounds.
The film includes appearances by Dr. M. Rayner Dickey, Whaley’s physician who monitored her health and progress; Dr. Ruth Kava, a nutritionist with the American Council on Science and Health; Dr. Norman Borlaug, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his food research; and Fred Smith, founder and president of Washington, DC-based Competitive Enterprise Institute. A cross-section of fast food consumers that include parents, teenagers, children and senior citizens are also featured in Whaley’s film.
Whaley believes that food intake must be monitored. And because she has spent much of her life training animals, her film features an array of feathered and four-legged creatures to illustrate that overweight animals are often a result of people not taking responsibility for the food they give their pets. “People aren’t dumb, they understand that making wise food choices, not only for themselves but for their pets, are totally in their control,” says Whaley.