Essay about Super Size Me
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Super Size Me Numerous individuals around the world are familiar with McDonald’s and its unhealthy menu; however, that does not stop many from visiting the fast food giant. Super Size Me is an in-depth film by Morgan Spurlock, which shows viewers his journey from healthy eating to becoming a fast food junkie. Viewers are able to see the damage that the unhealthy food from McDonald’s causes while Spurlock eats three meals a day from the fast food chain. Spurlock visits three schools, each with different meal programs. The differences in the healthy and unhealthy choices made by the schools are abundantly clear. Audiences also become aware of how effective advertisers are in securing business for unhealthy food products. Spurlock’s…show more content…
Watching him wake up early in the morning having a hard time breathing and complaining of heart palpitations makes even the most avid McDonald’s patron want to stop eating their harmful food. During a checkup after experiencing the heart palpitations, Dr. Isaacs tells Spurlock “Your cholesterol is now 225 and your liver is inflamed.” The doctor advises him to stop eating McDonald’s’ food. It is shocking to see that after only two weeks on a McDonald’s diet an individual can become severely ill. Dr. Isaacs tells Spurlock “You are pickling your liver much like an alcoholic does when drinking. My advice is to stop. Stop this fatty diet.” Two weeks later Spurlock’s final weigh-in indicates that he has gone from 185.5 lbs. to 210 lbs. He has gained a total of 24.5 lbs., which has increased his total body fat from 11% to 18%. It is astonishing to see that thirty days of a fast food diet can cause so much damage to an individual’s body. The unhealthy effect fast food has on the body is no longer deniable to individuals who have seen the film. Schools play a vital role in the health and well-being of their students. Spurlock gives viewers a look into three different schools and the nutrition they supply their students. Madison Jr. High in Naperville, Illinois outsources their food services to Sodexho Alliance. Sodexho Alliance provides students with many unhealthy lunch choices. Among their food choices are french fries,
Inspired by a lawsuit that two overweight teenagers filed against McDonald’s, Spurlock decides to travel to McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S. to perform an experiment: show what happens to him after 30 days of eating McDonald’s food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He can consume nothing that does not come from McDonald’s - including water - and must try everything on the menu at least once. He must also always accept and consume a "super-sized" meal when it is offered. He also decreases his activity level to that of the average American. The results are astonishing!
Spurlock goes on to attack the methods that McDonald’s uses to lure kids, including playgrounds, birthday parties and Happy Meal toys. Would you believe that first graders who didn’t recognize a photo of George Washington could easily name Ronald McDonald? A group of people in Washington, D.C. could not recite the Pledge of Allegiance, but could sing the entire "Big Mac Jingle!" What has happened to our country?
Spurlock comes across as an extremely likable guy. It is easy to put yourself in his place as it takes him 22 minutes to finish his first super-size meal and then moans, "Oh, McStomachache ... McGurgles ... McGas!"
Luckily, Spurlock is intelligent enough to be closely watched by a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, a general practitioner and a dietician. The doctors are amazed at the drastic decline in his health and urge him to stop, but he vows to continue.
With cool, colorful graphics and entertaining cartoon pop-ups (like one showing how chicken nuggets are nothing more than a McFrankenstein creation containing hardly any chicken yet lots of preservatives), the film manages to present many medical facts and statistics in an easy- to-understand and enjoyable format. The catchy music with hilarious lyrics (i.e. "Super Size, Super Size, the American way. Getting fat, getting broke, either way you’re gonna pay!") is sure to make you chuckle, and interviews with doctors, lawyers and overweight people really keep this movie from becoming a boring documentary.
"Super Size Me" is not only extremely entertaining but also highly educational. I now have a serious beef with McDonald’s and am actually sickened by the thought of eating their food. After seeing this experiment, I think this film should be in the horror section of video stores. The results are truly scary and hopefully this documentary will cause people to talk about the growing problem of obesity.
I think schools should be required to show this in health classes. While kids may find the facts hard to digest, they need to learn to take responsibility for what they put in their bodies and that their choices in life have serious consequences. I highly suggest you spend your money renting this video instead of sinking your teeth into even one more "heart attack on a bun." It might just save your life!
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.