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Fast Food Nation: The Movie

Despite all the hype surrounding the summer "blockbusters" right now, there's one movie in particular I'm keeping my eyes peeled for: An adaptation of Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation, one of my favorite books in recent memory.

Unlike the book, however, the movie is a dramatic ensemble piece of fiction, examining not only the health risks involved in the fast food industry -- think Super Size Me -- but its environmental and social consequences too. The finishing touches on the script -- cowritten by Schlosser and its director Richard Linklater -- were completed last month. Shooting begins this fall.

The film revolves around the teenagers who work at the fast-food places, the immigrant laborers who come across the border to work in the packing plants and a company executive. With Scholsser writing the script, I'm hoping the movie will be just as awesome as the book.

This gives me another opportunity to remind you one of the important keys to taming the obesity epidemic that's plagued this nation of ours is to avoid fast food restaurants. With today's fast-paced society, this can be difficult, especially for busy families on the go.

If you'd like to start eating healthier, but don't know where to start, I strongly encourage you to review Colleen Huber's excellent article for a number of practical and inexpensive tips on how to fit healthy eating into your life.

Empire Online May 26, 2005

Dark Horizons May 26, 2005

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