Supersize Me Essay

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Summary Experimental design is a process by which a researcher takes a hypothesis, designs an experiment to test for the hypothesis, collects the data from the experiment, analyzes it and draws conclusions about the results. It is used to determine cause and effect and is used in all forms of science from physics and biology to psychology and sociology. In the documentary film SuperSize Me, Morgan Spurlock's objective is to see what happens to his health after thirty days of eating only food from McDonald's.
Parts of Experiment Spurlock's independent variable is the change in his eating habits to be exclusive to McDonald's items. As a second independent variable, Spurlock reduces the amount of walking he does from 4-5 miles a day
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Because of the nature of Spurlock's experiment, he can not have two groups. Spurlock is the lone subject in the experimental group because he is the one receiving the treatment. There is no one else to be in the control group.
Spurlock uses Triangulation of Observers to present views on the crisis of obesity in the United States by presenting varied sources that all agree fast food is a major contributor to this "epidemic". 1) John F. Banzhaf III, Law Professor at George Washington University has determined that something new to American culture must be causing this phenomenon. Eating patterns were relatively unchanged for hundreds of years before the advent of fast food. Now Americans eat out approximately 40% of the time. 2) David Satcher, MD, Former US Surgeon General calls fast food a major contributor to the obesity epidemic. 3) In his random sampling of nutritionists from all over America, 95% agreed that fast food is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic sweeping America. The first theoretical framework that Spurlock approaches his hypothesis with is Conflict Theory. He presents information showing that McDonald's targets kids and Banzhaf describes a process that McDonald's uses to get kids in the door. Through the use of Playgrounds, Happy Meals, Birthday Parties and Ronald McDonald kids associate "fun" and "good times" with McDonald's. The company's belief is that this will

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