In an effort to help America better understand the extremely unhealthy and potentially deadly effects of a fast food diet Morgan Spurlock eats nothing but McDonald’s for thirty days. In this film there are quite a few things that can be critiqued beginning with the fact that Spurlock was a very well fit man when these changes took place on his body and how that relates to an average American and other races and ethnicities around the world. Another thing to take notice in is how effective Spurlock is in getting across the negative effects of eating out as frequently as modern day Americans do. Lastly, there should have been a point where he proved to the audience how America could turn itself around or how he recovered his health after he had gotten so unhealthy.
Morgan Spurlock, a 32-year-old man, well-fit man decides to eat McDonald’s for thirty straight days. He goes to McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During these thirty days he has to eat every menu item at least once and if he is asked to supersize, he must do so. He starts to notice
In the film, Supersize Me, a man of pretty good health is taken from his normally vegetarian lifestyle to eat McDonald’s for thirty days, three meals a day and this is supposed to show how much damage fast food does to your body. For the most part that is what is portrayed, it brings to life the fact that something we are so accustomed to can hurt us so easily without us being fully aware of what is going on. However, I feel like it could have went further in depth explaining the fact that the man who was in such great health was effected so negatively but if we took someone that was already in a bad health conditions, like a starved child from Haiti or a morbidly obese woman, or a woman of equal health to Spurlock, and did the exact same experiment what effects it would have on their bodies and how the effects could differ.
Spurlock starts the film with a fairly large group of students singing a little tune with the words, “A Pizza Hut! A Pizza Hut! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! A Pizza Hut! A Pizza Hut! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! McDonalds! McDonalds! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! McDonalds! McDonalds! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! I like food! I like food! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut! You like food! You like food! Kentucky Fried Chicken and a Pizza Hut!” This is a tune that I think is quite popular with elementary and middle school music teachers as I recall being taught the same tune growing up. It proves just how big of an impact the fast food industries has on our generation. The facts that he gave, starting with the fact that America is the fatest country to the amount of fast food consumed by American’s each day being more than that of the Spain’s population, were really eye-openers. Also, the scene where the children more easily recognized Ronald McDonald and Wendy than Jesus Christ and George Washington also proved how much of a control the fast food industries have over our country.
While Spurlock did prove that obesity is a huge problem in America, and how easy it is to slip in to such unhealthy, and ultimately deadly habits, he failed to prove how someone could recover from such unhealthy ways. Even though, there are thousands of videos, DVDs, and television programs to teach how to better your lifestyle, the film gave us all these things to dwell on but did not gives us any hope as to what we should do. The obvious answer was thrown in throughout the entirety of the documentary, and that is to just stop eating out. However, the film did not touch on how difficult it is to stop living such a lifestyle. Plus, even the little amount of talking about that subject that it did do was just brushed over briefly and then it was right back to how unhealthy these diets are. Also, another key factor is that, here we are, ten years later and America is second fattest country in the world, not because of the decrease in the amount of fast food we are eating but because of the increase of food consumption in Mexico. Which again proves that this documentary may have been all for nothing because of the fact that the intention of the documentary was stray people away from fast food, which is clearly not what happened.
The film was a very well thought out film and made a good point, however, there are a few things that are questionable about this such as the way he reacted to the food and whether said reaction was maybe over exaggerated for the camera so that would make us feel more strongly about the effects of eating fast food.
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