“Super Size Me!” A Study of Macromolecules and Diet
Part 1: “Super Size Me” and Scientific Inquiry Direction: Use information from the movie to answer the questions below.
1. What was the background information that led Morgan Spurlock to conduct his study? Obese is the second cause of death.
2. What was his research question?
3. Did he have a hypothesis? What was the hypothesis? Eating McDonalds is unhealthy
4. Describe how he conducted his study? Did he have a control condition?
5. Identify the independent variable, dependent variable, and controlled variables. Independent-is the change in his eating habits to be exclusive to McDonald's items Dependent- health
Controll- fast food restarant
6. What guidelines did Mr. Spurlock try to follow in order to regulate his “controlled variables?
7. What were the results of his study?
8. What conclusions did he make?
9. Were there any problems with the way in which he conducted his study? How could his study be improved?
Part 2: “Super Size Me” and Macromolecules Direction: Use information from the movie, textbook, lectures, or internet to answer the questions below.
10. Which categories of macromolecules were discussed in the movie? What monomers do the macromolecules breakdown to when you digest them?
11. What category of macromolecules was not specifically mentioned in the movie and what monomers are used to build it?
12. Give an example or two of the food item(s) that represents each macromolecule category?
13. What is the difference between saturated and unsaturated fats? What are trans fat? Were there any examples of foods containing any of these three fats in the movie?
14. What is corn syrup? How is it produced? Are there any examples of food items in the movie that contained corn syrup?
15. Which category of macromolecules to you eat the