Super Size Me

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.

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