February 4, 2010
Scarlett Johansson once said “I don’t go to McDonalds anymore. After I saw Supersize Me… no way!” I have to say that I had the same response that she did. In my sophomore year of high school we watched this movie in my health class as a way to get us to eat less junk food. Some people in the class had the same feelings I did and others still ate it all the time. After seeing the movie a second time, over a year later, I realized that this movie was an extreme and the viewer had to understand that one must control what he or she eats from McDonalds and how often they did so.
Every American should be affected by this movie because of the horrifying statistics it includes and the truth it presents about this country, 60% of America’s population is either overweight or obese. One in every three children born in 2000 will be diagnosed with diabetes. Scarring of the livers will occur in 20% of obese children. Diabetes will cut 17-27 years from your life. Before most children can speak he or she can recognize McDonalds. (Supersize Me and facts website) This statistic alone appalled me. How can a child recognize McDonalds before they can say a full sentence? These statistics greatly alarm me. I feel as though that is just a disgrace to what this country could be. We are known as the strongest country in the world, with the greatest military skills, freedom, and a stable political system. That would be even better and less embarrassing if we weren’t the fattest country as well.
Now, I have to admit I loved going to McDonalds when I was younger but my mom made sure to restrict me and it was something special to have when we were in a rush or when I went to the eye doctor which I hated, it became an award given very rarely. This “award” was given maybe one time every other month. That was if there was many occasions or appointments in a close time period. Eventually I stopped eating McDonalds and it was because I watched it in high... [continues]
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