"I'm finally back to my original weight and waist size," Spurlock says, speaking recently from his New York production office, a few hours before appearing on CNN to debate a McDonald's executive. "It took me close to a year to do it after a strict diet and exercise."
Still, Spurlock's first-person experiment has paid off. Super Size Me won a directing prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and is playing art-house theaters nationwide (It opens in Cincinnati on Friday). The film has also made an impact on McDonald's, which recently announced a healthy menu and plans to eliminate the "super-sized" portions.
"Of course, they (McDonald's executives) say it has nothing to do with the movie," Spurlock says, laughing. "Their disclaimers are the best advertisements the movie could ever get."