ANTH 235 – Anthropology of Food
April 6, 2009
Super Size Me Extra Credit Move Review
According to the statistics on obesity in America, at least 68% of Americans are overweight. Of these people, at least 2-3% are considered morbidly obese and require surgery for their survival. In today’s American society, obesity has become far too commonplace and has eclipsed many other factors contributing to health complications and even death. There exist many theories to explain why obesity has become such a problem in the United States, including advances in technology and video games, television and movies, genes, and the integration of fast food restaurants into modern culture; which is often cited as being the most relevant and important. There are now more 31,000 McDonald’s Restaurants worldwide, employing more than 1.5 million people. What started as Ray Kroc’s ambitious dream has become one of the most successful corporations in the world and has also become one of the most recognizable, with its towering golden arches and a smiling clown who goes by the name of Ronald McDonalds. Thanks to McDonald’s marketing and advertising strategy, Ronald McDonald is now more recognizable to kids than both Jesus and the President. Inspired by recent lawsuit battles between McDonald’s and two overweight girls, Morgan Spurlock decided to turn himself into a human guinea pig and run an experiment to find out what happens if he eats just McDonald fast food for breakfast, lunch and dinner continuously for 30 days. It is almost commonsense knowledge that fast food is bad for you, but exactly how bad is it? Under the supervision of a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, a general practitioner and a nutritionist, he started eating everything on the McDonald's menu, at least once, and if an employee asked him if he wanted to “Super Size" his meal he would have to say " Yes". After just a few days of eating McDonald’s continuously, Spurlock’s...