In the 2004 documentary “Super-Size Me”, Morgan Spurlock goes on a thirty-day diet of eating only McDonalds food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is said that one in four Americans eats fast food daily. Worldwide, McDonald’s feeds forty-six million people every day. He employs ethos, pathos, and logos to show the results and effects of McDonald’s food. Not only does he document his own personal story but he uses the stories of many other people. One man is Bruce Howlett. Bruce suffered from high blood pressure and diabetes due to his eating habits and drinking three to four liters of soda a day. The documentary shows Bruce’s gastric bypass surgery. After the surgery Bruce lost one hundred pounds and no longer is on medication for high blood pressure or diabetes. Another man featured was Don Gorske from Wisconsin. At the time of the documentary, Don had eaten 19,622 BigMacs. While Morgan embarks on this feat he enlists the help of three physicians, a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, and a general practitioner as well as a nutritionist and a personal trainer to keep track of his bodily changes while on this diet. Morgan conducted a survey of 100 nutritionists asking if people should or should not eat fast food. Twenty-two out of the one hundred said only once a week or once a month. Forty-five out of the one hundred said to never eat fast food. The documentary also talks several times about the negative social stigma that comes with being overweight. Being overweight in normally a consequence of regularly eating fast food and not maintaining a proper exercise schedule. Throughout the documentary they show several negative McDonald’s ads with things such as Ronald McDonald smoking a cigarette with a child. Overall the documentary showed how truly bad for you McDonald’s is for you.
Human trafficking is defined as “the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation”. In other terms it can be described as a modern day form of slavery. Twenty-seven million people are estimated to be trapped in this bondage. Only 1-2% of victims are ever rescued. Many organizations and movements exist to raise awareness and bring an end to this injustice. The A21 Campaign stands for Abolishing Injustice in the 21st century. It’s founder, Christine Caine, has had some first-hand experience with the horrors this industry inflicts. Abandoned as a child, labeled only by a number, Christine grew up to develop a passion for those who seemed as though they had lost hope; she had a passion to give them hope. Christine along with other passionate abolitionist founded A21 in 2007 and their first shelter for trafficked survivors was opened in Thessaloniki, Greece a year later. That one home has grown now to eleven locations in 10 different countries. A21’s strategy model is Prevention, Protection, Prosecution and Partnership. They aim to educate individuals on the danger of being trafficked and the traps traffickers set. Many people are oblivious to the fact that human trafficking occurs so it becomes easy for traffickers to seize victims. Another thing that makes traffickers more dangerous is that people don’t think it happens close to us. In reality the Atlanta International Airport is one of the biggest hubs where victims are seized. Statistically it is presumed that a person is taken captive every thirty seconds. By making these statistics and facts known, A21’s goal is to prevent people from being tricked or taken in the first place. A21 protects the survivors who escape or are saved and they do everything in their power to prosecute those who traffic and take advantage of these men, women, and children. In order to do all of these things A21 partners with local governments in order to make a presence and a difference.
I was told he could be my twin. His name was Steve. Considering the fact that he is nearly twenty years older then me, by definition he could not be my twin. Chris Dills told me about him. The first thing I knew about Steve was that we shared the curly hair trait and both have an enthusiasm for all things nerdy. Chis Dills told me “Steve is just like you. I cannot wait for ya’ll to meet.” I view Chris Dills as a fairly trustworthy guy so it clamed my nerves tremendously that someone very similar to me would be going on this trip. My biggest fear and concern about this trip was that I would be the odd one out; that I wouldn’t fit in and that would leave me discouraged. All of these people knew each other well or at least had met before. I would be going way out of my comfort zone here.
I choose to read a blog by Hannah Brencher called “You Already Know What Happens to Those Caterpillars”. I receive this blog weekly in my email because I am subscribed to her blog website. Hannah moved from her hometown in New England to Atlanta. She writes a lot about her Christian faith and how that intertwines with her daily walk. In the past Hannah has suffered from anxiety and depression. She talks about how her faith and God has kept her alive and positive and always, ever improving. Her audience spans the globe as she uses the internet to get her writings out there. Her audience for the most part will be people who are subscribed to or run across her blog. A lot of her audience will share similarities with her such as their Christian faith or their struggle with anxiety because most of her writing have to do with these subjects. Hannah writes in a way to connect with her audience and help them through things she has gone through. She is very honest and so poetic. She writes first hand so all her stories are from personal experience and you get a true, emotional feeling while reading. She organizes her blog by always putting a picture at the beginning. Her writing splits in a few places throughout the blog based of the flow of her thoughts. Occasionally she will bold a sentence or so if she wants to draw attention to a certain idea or it backs up her main idea of the post really well. Hannah’s attitude throughout this blog and all of her other blogs is very humble and straight truthful. She lets herself be transparent so as to connect with the reader and let us know she is a regular human like the lot of us.
“What were you like at 20?”
Her text came through this morning in the middle of my writing hours.
I had to pause. Walk away from the computer. Find a space on the floor where, if you sit in just the right spot, the sunlight will flood through the window and cover your knees like a soft, thin blanket.
I honestly haven’t given much thought to who I was at 20 years old. That was seven years ago. I was a junior in college.
I responded to her text with a bunch of scenarios:
When I was 20, I had my first internship with the city’s newspaper. I wore high heels and strut around the campus center like I was really important— an absolute boss.
When I was 20, I was enamored with a boy who would read me Walt Whitman poetry at 2am and then take me for walks…
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