Supersize Me” Essay

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Ben Hawthorne

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Supersize Me” Essay
Morgan Spurlock is right; America is the fattest nation and is still getting fatter. I also agree with him that fast food and junk food are major contributors to this problem, but I believe it is not the only problem. In his documentary film Supersize Me, Morgan goes on a diet of only McDonald’s for thirty days nonstop for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He also limits his walking to 5,000 steps a day, so along with eating a lot of food he is not exercising. He is trying to persuade to mainly the United States, but also the rest of the world, that you should never go to a fast food restaurant, and if you do, go rarely. Through all the persuasion with ethos, pathos and logos he has even changed my mind slightly about the Big Mac and all other fast food products.

Wow, Morgan Spurlock really gives a lot of persuasive facts in the movie. The best thing about all of his logos is that all the facts appeal to my logic and reasoning. The most amazing fact that he presented was that there are 83 McDonald’s in Manhattan alone and nearly 14,000 restaurants world wide. Also, throughout the movie he brings up many other different fast food chains like Burger King, Wendy’s, and Dunkin Donuts. With all of these different fast food stores, you really think of how big of a contributor the fast food industry is to the obesity of America. At the end of his thirty day diet Morgan calls 100 nutritionists to get how they feel about the fast food industry. The facts that he got were that 2 out of the 100 said you can eat fast food, 28 of them said you could eat it 2-3 times a month, ant the other 70 said that you should never eat it. Also, 95 of the 100 nutritionists said that fast food was a major contributor to the obesity of America.

On the thirty day McDonald’s diet, Morgan Spurlock’s health is followed along the way by many different doctors. There are three main doctors that monitor his health throughout the entire time. Knowing that he has three professionals following right beside him makes you know that all of the information that you are going to acquire will be accurate. He also has a registered dietician, who every couple of days gives him advice as to how much calories and other elements of food he is eating and should be eating. If it was just Morgan saying all the facts, we wouldn’t believe the information that much because we would think that he has no proof or evidence, so he is an unreliable source.
Most of the pathos in this movie are so disgusting that it makes you never want to eat fast food (mainly McDonald’s) ever again. One of the most disgusting things that happened in the movie is when he pukes after just finishing his first super sized meal. All of a sudden, he sticks his head out the window of the car and barfs all over the parking lot. The camera then closely zooms in on the barf! I don’t know about you, but I personally hate to barf. Showing this scene makes you so disgusted, that you are afraid that if you eat McDonald’s it will make you puke. On the other hand, Morgan Spurlock also added a little comedy into the movie that made fun of McDonald’s. One of the little jokes that he did the entire movie was putting “Mc” in front of everything that he said. So, right before he puked he was saying “I’m starting to get the McStomach ache, the McBurps, and now the McHead ache.” It kind of made you laugh at something stupid while realizing that you could get sick if you eat too much junk food. Another funny thing in the movie is when a cartoon comes up of how McDonald’s makes their chicken nuggets. It disgusts you while making you laugh that the McNuggets are made out of chickens that have abnormally large breasts. In the cartoon a farmer grabs a chicken with large breasts and throws it into a machine that cuts off its head, grinds it all up, mashes it into the shape of a chicken nugget, puts it into a deep fryer, and then comes out as a “McFrankenstein” creation. Morgan Spurlock really persuades you through emotions a lot in this documentary.
My dad owns two McDonald’s restaurants and I will admit that I do eat it about once a week or less. That doesn’t mean that I am fat though, and I am still in very good shape along with the rest of my family. At the same time though I am amazed by this film, on how outrageous it is. Just because you eat fast food doesn’t mean you can’t go right home and exercise. I think that the main problem with our country’s obesity is that people don’t exercise enough, and then when they become fat they use fast food as an excuse as to why they are fat. My main point is that it is not fast food that makes you fat, it is you and the choices that you make which make you fat.

This documentary is very bias and one sided. In the movie Morgan Spurlock only eats McDonald’s for thirty days which is just unrealistic. He also doesn’t do any exercise at all besides walking up and down his stairs. Also, the movie is really stating that if you eat any fast food at all that it is bad for you, which is not true. As I said before I eat some fast food, but I still stay healthy and strong. What obese people fail to understand is that your meals need to be balanced with everything on the food pyramid. All they have to do is say “NO.”

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