Analysis of Super Size Me

760 Words Jun 19th, 2005 4 Pages
"Analysis of Super Size Me"

Morgan Spurlock decided to make this documentary to investigate the fast food companies, and the effects of certain fast food chains products, particularly McDonalds, on the health of society. This Documentary explores the United States growing epidemic of obesity and diabetes as well. Morgan decides to eat nothing but McDonald 's food for thirty days. He must eat one of everything on the menu at least once, and when asked to super size his meal he must do so. Another stipulation of Morgan 's experiment is that he can only take 5,000 steps a day to replicate the exercise that most average Americans get on a daily basis. He must also eat three meals a day, no exceptions and if McDonalds doesn 't serve
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He was told that he might do permanent damage to his liver due to having to metabolize all of the excess fat in his new diet. Not to my surprise, McDonalds did not want to participate in this documentary whatsoever and did not ever give Morgan the interview that he sought after, even after over 15 telephone calls. In a sense that obesity is a growing epidemic I think that the documentary was fairly realistic, but who actually eats McDonalds three times a day? Morgan did say that 22% of all McDonald 's consumers were known as super heavy users, which means that they eat McDonald 's food 3 times a week or more. I think Morgan conveyed his negative opinions about the fast food chains, particularly McDonalds very well although there may have been some dramatization. The people who are most affected by McDonalds marketing and pricing practices are definitely kids and/or lower budget people. The cheap food that supposedly fills you up for longer due to the long list of ingredients in it is easy for lower income families to provide. The extent to which McDonalds is marketed to children can be seen in the installation of playgrounds, birthday party hosting, toys with kid 's meals, Ronald McDonald the clown, and many other sly advertising techniques such as a cartoon on TV. All of these marketing techniques lure kids in at an early age. Uneducated people are more likely to eat at McDonalds at a larger scale because many times they are not informed of
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