Suzanne Fields

Call it the McDiet or Ronald McDonalds' Revenge, or Downsizing without the Supersizer, but you really can dine out under the Golden Arches, lose weight and not waste your time finding a lawyer to sue somebody else for the damages you inflict on yourself.

That's what Soso Whaley of Kensington, N.H., an animal trainer and outraged citizen, has set out to prove. For the month of April she's dining out daily only on McDonald's fare, and at the time of this writing she has lost five pounds. Her aim is to drop 10 pounds on a 1,800 daily calorie count. On a typical day she orders a McGriddle sandwich (egg, bacon and cheese) for breakfast, a fish sandwich for lunch and a salad or yogurt parfait for dessert. She doesn't have to clean her plate.

Soso doesn't intend to franchise her menu or try to turn it into a best-selling book, but she does have a point. She's an adjunct fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI); a public policy organization dedicated to free enterprise and limited government. CEI argues that the most fortunate customer is one who isn't fettered by government regulations or lawsuits. The consumer makes free choices. Soso Whaley thinks obesity isn't about what's available, but about what you choose to eat.

Soso, whose name belies her passionate challenge to the powers-that-be, corporate or federal, is a teacher and filmmaker out to emphasize personal responsibility in the pursuit of health and happiness.

Her crusade, which she is documenting with a diary and photographs (available from CEI) is in direct reaction to an award-winning documentary film called "Super Size Me!" by Morgan Spurlock, a satirical jab at the fast-food fat boy who is supposedly preyed upon by pernicious purveyors of delicious cheap eats. These sinister pushers of high caloric "junk" food, in the Spurlock scenario, look to hook the hapless, unhappy, unhealthy victim who can't help but put the Big Mac where his mouth is. Mr. Spurlock gained 25 pounds as a performance poster boy to attack the fast-food industry, but he merely provides food for thought(lessness) with his attitude that "McDonalds made me do it".

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is currently working on a book that will revisit John Milton's 'Paradise Lost.'

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