University of Phoenix
Media and American Culture
March 04, 2012
Super Size Me
Family dinners and home cooked meals are becoming a thing of the past. With the fast food industry growing at such a ramped pace it has become the norm in most households to order in takeout instead of preparing a healthier home cooked meal for their families. To save the money, time and energy that it takes to prepare a healthy meal these households willing trading there health for what is quick and easy fix, but is the trade off worth the potential damage the fast food industry can have on our health.
In a 2004 documentary entitled, Super Size Me,” Morgan Spurlock directed and starred in a reality based movie, where he committed to a fast food diet made up entirely of McDonalds to prove why so many Americans in our societies are fat or obese. The rules of this experiment were as follows: Morgan would eat McDonald’s three times a day for thirty days without exercising and if given the option to super size his order he would have to “super size,” his order as a requirement of the experiment.
This movie addresses several real concerns surrounding the fast food industry and its role in our society. McDonald’s feeds 46 million people a day. It sheds light on the fascinating statistics that show 60 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese and that one in three, children born in 2000 will develop diabetes within their lifetime. The most eye opening fact presented in the movie was that 40 percent of American meals are eaten outside the home and at 43 percent McDonalds makes up large percentage of the fast food market. The one reoccurring point made regarding the purchasing of fast food products among consumers was, that buying fast food was just easier to do.
Today’s society is being face with a very real issue that is affecting our health and the health of our children because we are... [continues]
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