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Forget climbing mountains, going on long hikes, exploring new mountain bike trails or swimming in the lakes.

There is one thing that you must do this summer – go to the movies.

Now, even though I love going to the movies, generally I wouldn’t publicly advocate spending a few hours in a dark theatre with a tub of buttery popcorn and a ridiculously overpriced Coke. I especially wouldn’t advocate this behaviour in a place like Whistler where it’s so easy to enjoy the outdoors and so shameful not to.

But, after seeing two documentaries, Super Size Me and Fahrenheit 9/11, I’m thinking the movie theatre is one of the best places to be this summer – and I haven’t even seen Spiderman 2 yet!

These documentaries are guaranteed to have an impact on you in some way. At the very least, they’ll get you thinking and talking about stuff that we already know but we never really talk about.

I saw Super Size Me first. You all know the basic concept. A guy eats at McDonald’s three times a day for a month and the results are shocking, to say the least.

It’s enough to make you vow to never eat another Big Mac ever again, or a Whopper, or Wendy’s, or Taco Bell or pizza. At least, that’s what I did when I left the theatre. In fact, I decided never to eat fast food ever again unless I was in dire need.

I suppose it’s easy to make a promise like that after you see the effects of a Big Mac diet.

It’s not so easy to keep that promise when you’re starving, there’s nothing in your fridge and you have to drive by McDonald’s on your way home from work, especially when you can practically taste the burger in your mouth.

Who can deny the tasty delicious bite of a Big Mac?

As explained in the film, McDonald’s classifies people who eat at their restaurants a couple of times a week as "heavy users."

That was a huge wake up call for my boyfriend, who enjoys the odd afternoon cheeseburger more than once a week.

Even though it was distressing to see the filmmaker subject himself to the diet, and throw up after his first Super Size meal, you knew what he was doing was extreme.

You would presume that the vast majority of average people don’t binge on fast food morning, noon and night.

And then the movie shows you that in fact there are a number of ordinary, average people who drink gallons of pop every day or who eat a plate of fries for lunch. Particularly kids in high school with no one watching over them, cautioning them on the dangers of an unhealthy diet.

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