Dr. Daryl Isaacs, MD is a board-certified South African physician who specializes in internal medicine. He is 67 years old and lives in a lakeside house in New Milford, Connecticut. Daryl Martin Isaacs is especially known for having been a co-star in the 2004 American documentary, “Super-Size Me,” which is based on a nutritional experiment done by independent filmmaker Morgan Purlock, who decides to consume only McDonald’s food in every meal for a whole month. Currently, his practice is based in New York City, New York, where he has been working for many years.
Dr. Isaacs has more than 40 years of experience in the practice of medicine, including 10 years in the ER and more than 30 years as an internist and general practitioner. He obtained his medical degree in his native South Africa, graduating in 1974 from the University Of Cape Town School Of Medicine. In addition, he has been a professor at NYU Medical School and is affiliated with several hospitals in the area. Previously, his office was located on Manhattan’s Spring Street, but in 1998 he founded Mercer Medical on Mercer Street, where he has been working ever since.
Dr. Isaacs is a dedicated family man and has been married to Emily Hardy since 1979, when Dr. Daryl Isaacs, was a resident in medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Affiliated I losoital Center in Boston and Hardy was a painter with a studio in New York (she is an alumna of the Rhode Island School of Design). Isaacs and wife Emily Melissa Hardy have three adult children, including film producer Alec Isaacs (film producer) and successful real estate investor Matthew Isaacs. darryl isaacs family lives in a lovely house on Candlewood Lake, New Milford, CT.
Both he and his wife are avid art lovers and have built their own private art collection. Some of the works in this collection have been bartered for Dr. Isaacs’s medical services, and others have been loans from local artists. In fact, when he opened his current office, he decided to cover the walls with works borrowed from local SoHo artists, who were, in some cases, also his patients.
Dr. Isaacs is a specialist in internal medicine, a discipline that is responsible for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases in adults. This specialty involves the consolidation of significant personal relationships between doctor and patient, in order to ensure the best possible care for the needs of each patient. At least three of his seven years in medical school were dedicated to learning the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases in adults. Internal medicine specialists are sometimes called “Doctor’s doctors” because they often serve as consultants for other specialists in difficult cases. Internists provide care to both inpatients and outpatients, and are responsible for treating a broad spectrum of diseases. These specialists solve enigmatic diagnostic problems and are not limited to a single organ system or medical problem. In general, they are integral doctors who are in charge of protecting the health of adults, and are not to be confused with family practitioner, who have a very different background. Family doctors can treat every member of a family, at any age and in all walks of life. On the contrary, internists specialize in the care of adults and are sometimes called “adults’ pediatricians”. Dr. Isaacs belongs to this latter group of physicians and is one of the most recognized internists in New York City.
The role of Dr. Isaacs in the 2004 American documentary “Super-Size Me” is the main reason for his fame outside of New York City. The documentary, directed and starring independent filmmaker Morgan Purlock, narrates the nutritional experiment in which Purlock decides to eat only McDonald’s food for a period of 30 days and monitor the health consequences of this diet. In the month of February 2003, the filmmaker consumed, on average, 5000 kcal per day. If he was offered the option of “Super-sizing” his meals, he accepted it, often consuming more food than was humanly possible and even vomiting. Purlock gained 24 pounds (11.1 kg) in this 30-day period, and it took him more than 14 months to lose all the weight. In addition, his cholesterol increased to 230 mg / dL, and he developed other negative health consequences such as loss of libido, low energy, mood swings and a fatty liver. For the duration of the experiment, Purlock is monitored and advised by three medical specialists: a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist and a general practitioner. Dr. Isaacs is known for being the internist who monitors Purlock during the experiment and advises him to stop what he is doing several times throughout the film.
The documentary seeks to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic caused by the average American citizen’s poor eating habits, as well as its relationship to the fast food industry. At the beginning of the experiment, Purlock was a man with above average personal fitness, weighing 185 pounds (84 kg) at a height of 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm). All three medical specialists warned him about the adverse effects that this diet would have on his health, however; none expected him to suffer too serious health consequences due to the short duration of the experiment. For this 30-day period, Purlock imposed himself a series of rules regarding his diet: He had to eat three meals a day from McDonald’s, try every item on the menu at least once, and super-size his meal only when the option was offered. In addition, he would try to walk just as much as the average citizen. After five days following these rules, Purlock gained a significant amount of weight and began to suffer adverse health effects such as headaches and depression, which were relieved by eating a McDonald’s meal. Dr. Isaacs then tells him that he has become an addict, and on day 21 of the experiment, when Purlock comes to his office with heart palpitations, he advises him to stop the diet in order to avoid serious health consequences. Despite this warning, the filmmaker decides to continue with the experiment. At the end of the month, Dr. Isaacs and the other two specialists are surprised by the degree of deterioration in Purlock’s health.
The documentary was nominated for an Oscar, and had a very good reception. Six weeks after its premiere, McDonald’s eliminated the option of “Super-sizing” their meals. In 2017, a sequel was released: Super-Size me 2: Holy Chicken! this time without the participation of Dr. Isaacs. The South African internist; however, continues to practice medicine in NYC and remains one of the most recognized physicians in the area.
Darryl Isaacs net worth is not known, but is estimated in the millions.