and by all means are eating too much. Moreover, Kruger states that, “If there was any firewall against the fatting of American adults, it was American kids” (227). Although the children’s bodies... ... middle of paper ... ...ogy of the adults and she more less challenges American adults to change their way of thinking: to make healthy choices for their children. Moreover, obesity, in general, is highlighted in Spurlock’s research of 30 day intake of McDonald’s food. The condition of his body after 30 days, says it all!
First, big corporations had made an impact on the advertising and have changed the food house. Between 1977 in 1995 "Fast food marketers such as McDonald's and Burger King have a reshaped diets of American parents and kids"(Ruskin 4). The rise in fast food consumption has led to the effect in obesity especially in America. Secondly, fast food is so broad now; McDonald's is all you see anymore. Consumers "Eat food design for the health of corporate balance sheets rather than the health of children's bodies"(Ruskin 5).
Spurlock’s thirty-day binge to prove that McDonald’s is the source of America’s bad health is invalid, because he isn’t an average America. In 2004, Spurlock films a documentary about the dangers of fast food with hopes of helping two girls prove a point to the courts that McDonald’s made them fat. He films majority of the documentary in New York, he eats McDonald’s three times a day for a whole month, which gains the name “McDiet”. With the McDiet, comes five rules that bring Spurlock to doing things that the “average” American does daily. He also has a set of rules that he has to live by for that month.
Recent data suggest that nearly fifteen percent of U.S. youngsters and almost one-third of adults are obese; and everyday nearly one-third of these U.S. children aged four to nineteen eat fast food. Yale University obesity researcher Kelly Brownell said, “Fast food contributes to increased calorie intake and obesity risk in children” (CBS News). No wonder parents are becoming concerned with the options children have when facing a fast food menu. Parent complaints are not enough of influence to entice the big-ticket fast food joints to make a healthy switch, however, lawsuits is. The nation's obesity epidemic has focused attention on fast-restaurants, and while recent class-action lawsuits attempting to blame McDonald's Corp. for making people fat have failed, many chains have begun offering healthier fare in fear of lawsuits (CBS News).
Americans are becoming obese because, they are living these trends every day. Every day Americans grab-a-bite at a... ... middle of paper ... ...s by throat. The fact is hard to swallow but there is proof behind my point. If one were to speculate on the causes of obesity, the reason why people are becoming obese is inexpensive fast food restaurants, sedentary lifestyles, eating disorders, and genetics,” says Dr.Cerulli. Mr. Sanders replies, “How could I prepare myself next time I come in for a checkup?” Dr.Cerulli counters, “We must create a new trend to do with this old one.” However, now that one is able to identify the causes of why so many Americans are becoming obese, a new approach to the trend could propose a solution to the rise of obesity.
Millions of American people buy fast food every day without thinking about where, how and why. The ramifications of fast food is impacting the American people both around the waist line and the community where they live at. “As the old saying goes: you are what you eat.” (Schlosser) The customer have made the choices to eat fast food or not. The industry doesn’t care about the customers; studies have shown that the fast food industry is the reason for the rise of American obesity. “Live fast and die young” (Moore); this could not be more true when looking at the impact of the fast food industry.
The primary reason is because Americans have become lazier, we use cars to get place to place, rarely cook our own meals and try to find the cheapest way to do everything. Many people no longer know how to cook and rely on fast food to feed their family which have no good nutritional value. This has led to the major problem our country is facing, obesity. The United States is one of the fattest countries in the world, because of how we eat. Portion sizes keep getting bigger and so do the waistlines as a result.
Spurlock starts his journey out as a very healthy man. In just one month of eating fast food, his body is in in serious peril as his liver becomes inflamed from the fatty diet. Spurlock also shows viewers the different ways that schools provide lunches for their students and how easily healthy food can be incorporated into students’ lives. Finally, Spurlock provides proof that advertising is an effective way to corrupt America into buying unhealthy food. Super Size Me is an in-depth look at how America should take a stand against unhealthy fast food restaurants and begin eating healthy meals to provide a better quality of living.
By including visual and textual techniques, rhetorical appeals, and argumentative evidences, Morgan Spurlock was able to help viewers know the risks of fast food and how it has caused America to be the world's “fattest country”. The first step that Spurlock utilizes is documenting his daily life through this modified “McDiet. He include visual aspects in his documentary, like personal footage, to help support his claim. Throughout this documentary, Spurlock includes records of him eating out of only McDonald's every day for a month. He documents his every meal and the experiences he has after eating.
Much like the first scene, the doctors appointments, trips to McDonalds, and interviews are all taped though a "hand-held camera [with] live synchronized sound" (Cornell, Lecture #12). Before Spurlock begins his month long McDonalds only diet the viewers are presented with the reason behind the experiment. His "position in regards to the subject" of fast food takes into consideration world statistics on obesity (Cornell, Lecture #12). Various facts and figures are read off to viewers through voice over narration as they watch multiple shots of obese men, women, and children. The audience learns that 100 million people in the United States are either overweight or obese, every one out of four America... ... middle of paper ... ...use of visual and narrative techniques.