In 2004, Morgan Spurlock came up with a brilliant idea to fully investigate fast food companies and their effects on people in America, particularly McDonalds. Spurlock decides to go on a 30 day McDonald’s diet, where he eats nothing but McDonald’s food only. He gives himself rules to abide by such as he must eat one of everything on the McDonald’s menu at least once and when he is asked to super-size a meal, he must do it. If McDonalds doesn’t serve it, Spurlock cannot eat it and he must also eat three meals a day, no excuses. Throughout the documentary, Spurlock provides a plethora of evidence to defend and prove his point. However, Spurlock’s main argument is to bring awareness to the food that people consume, not just fast food but all …show more content…
He uses “you” to make the viewers feel like he’s addressing them directly in order to grab their attention. Spurlock provides the audience with advice on how to actually eat healthy. He also specifies information regarding the fast food industry as a whole. “It’s up to you to shift your eating habits.” He adds “I think the big question is, is who do you want to see go first? You or them?” Spurlock’s experiment implies that if Americans continue to let the fast food industry manipulate their eating habits, they are likely to die and it is solely Americans responsibility on what they choose to eat on a daily basis. Spurlock urges for Americans to step up to the plate and be responsible of their health. All humans have a choice, and humans should not be forced, manipulated or tricked into eating food that they know is not healthy for them. If people would take it upon themselves to eat healthier, exercise more, and be fully aware of the dangers and consequences of eating too much fast food, then there would be no obesity in America. That is the purpose of Super Size Me. So the big question is, what is going to make Americans stop and think? How many experiments does people like Morgan Spurlock have to conduct in order to convince people that we have a responsibility to their children and
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In the introduction to Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser states something very significant and memorable: “We are what we eat.” The drastic change in America’s eating habits has caused this American culture to grow into something never before imagined, for better and for worse. Our culture is eating so much worse than in the past, and it's affecting the world around us as well. “In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food [over the course of the year]; in 2000, they spent more than $110 billion” (Schlosser 3). What Schlosser is saying is that America’s addiction towards fast food is increasingly worse.
In documentay, Supersize Me, the filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock made this film to inform the audience about how dangers of eating fat food. Fast food is not only unhealthy to eat, but it could damage people’s healths. I think that Spurlock did a fantastic job to persuade the audience. He used three techniques of logos, pathos, and ethos to grab the audiences attention to his documentary. He did not just give the information about the dangers of eating too much fast food, however, his documentary is also entertaining the audiences as well.
For my nutrition research paper, I decided to watch the film, Supersize Me by Morgan Spurlock. Morgan Spurlock actually doesn’t have a background in nutrition, but the movie he produced, proves how valuable proper nutrition is. It was a very fascinating movie, because at the very beginning, Morgan was above average. He had muscle, a proportionate BMI, low cholesterol, his intake was less than his outtake, and he had a great diet. Morgan was extremely healthy and decided he would go to three doctors for thirty days to help monitor his experiment.
“Don’t blame the Eater” is an essay written by David Zinczenko which claims that fast food restaurants are the source of obese children. Since Zinczenko’s food choices as a child were limited, he became an overweight 212 pound teenager because he would eat at fast-food venders twice a day (241). After his time in college, he joined the Navy and embraced a healthy lifestyle by getting involved in a health magazine (Zinczenko, 241). He believes that fast-food companies are “vulnerable,” and he warns the industries to protect their consumers because there will be kids launching lawsuits against them (Zinczenko 243). Zinczenko makes an excellent point about the need for nutritional labels on fast food items.
Though he was mostly concerned about the labor exploitation in industrialized cities, Sinclair’s gripping description of the filthy conditions and frequent contamination of food caused disturbing revelation in the public for the lack of concern over cleanliness and the disgusting conditions of the meat-packing facilities. Sinclair’s exposé and resulting public pressure on President Roosevelt led to the creation of the Meat Inspection Act, the Pure Food and Drug Act, and the Food and Drug Administration, which still regulates all food sold in the United States. Before Sinclair’s book, Americans were blissfully unaware of the state their food was being produced, but due to Sinclair’s “muckraking”, the public were now informed and took the proper procedures needed to right it. More modernly, the movie Super Size Me (2004), a documentary film that follows director Morgan Spurlock through a 30-day period where he consumed only McDonald’s food, highlighted the life-risking and dangerous qualities of fast food and—like The Jungle— attributed to change. Spurlock’s movie received critical and public acclaim, and six weeks after the release, McDonald’s removed the Super Size option from the menu and introduced “Go Active” adult happy meals.
“Don’t Blame the Eater”, written by David Zinczenko, is a short article discussing how fast food is the main cause of childhood obesity. This article came about in relations to two kids filing a lawsuit against McDonalds for making them fat. He begins his piece by sympathizing with these individuals because he used to be like them. Zinczenko then informs the reader of his background and how he fell into the category of being dependent upon quick and easy meals. In an attempt to provide a valid argument, he debates on how kids raise themselves while their parents are at work and that the nutritional values are not labeled upon prepared foods.
A Rhetorical Analysis of “Don’t Blame the Eater” by David Zinczenko Sara, a single mother of two kids, is driving home from a grueling day of work. She’s worked overtime all week and has some tightness in her back. Upon looking at the clock on the dashboard of her 1996 Volkswagen, she realizes that it is way too late to go home and cook a nice dinner for her two children. She turns into the nearest McDonalds, orders some chicken nuggets, and brings dinner home. Can you blame a mother who just wanted her kids to eat?
“I 've eaten this food all my life not knowing what was in it and how powerful the food industry was." (Kenner, Food Inc.) “The industry doesn 't want you to know what you 're eating because if you did, then you might not want to eat it" (Kenner, Food Inc.) Ethos components in the film strengthen the documentary claim about the food
In the article, How Junk Food Can End Obesity, author David H. Freedman advocates that the fast food industries can actually make great contributions to reverse the direction of obesity. Compared to the impractical likelihood of organic food becoming a core diet in everyone’s lives, it’s far easier to make healthier changes to something that’s already convenient and affordable as a solution to end obesity. He explains how the pressure coming from the criticism fast food industries receive for being unhealthy actually prompts them to make healthier changes in their menu. Processed food chains are applying methods in a cunning way to produce less calorie-filled versions of their products while maintaining the same satisfying taste their customer
He closes his introduction by displaying his concern for children, due to the fact that “this is an industry that boths feed and feeds off the young” (9). He uses an appeal to pathos and a somber tone in order to state the serious effects of fast food on children. The display of serious concern appeals to the audience and urges them to read on. Schlosser proceeds to include several USDA studies (197), which not only establish his credibility, but serves to assure the readers of the content of the book. The author then ends his argument by making a comparison of drugs and food “ Far more Americans are severely harmed every year by food poisoning than illegal drug use” (264).
Junk food is responsible for the growing rate of obesity. This is outlined by David freedman in his article of “How junk food can end obesity.” David Freedman has credited the “health-food” motion, and followers of it along with Michel Pollan. Freedman claims that if the America desires to stop the obesity epidemic, or at least reduce its effects, they must shift to the fast meals and processed meals enterprise for assist, now not the “health-food” movement.
In “How Junk Food Can End Obesity” David Freedman argues that ending processed food is not going to help solve obesity problems. He knows that “Junk food is bad for you because it’s full of fats and problems carb” (Freedman 515). Freedman believe that we should use technology to improve fast-food by taking out the unhealthy products in it, instead of getting rid of fast-food entirely. He also talks about his experiences with food between wholesome food and McDonald’s. He discusses how McDonald’s smoothies have the lowest calories and are cheapest out of all other smoothies he had.
This experiment has a couple of rules: Spurlock can only eat and drink things that are on the McDonald’s menu, he must eat 3 meals a day, he must consume everything on the menu at least once, and if he’s asked Spurlock must super size his meal. Before commencing his journey, Spurlock goes to see doctors to ensure he is healthy enough
Super-Size Me is a documentary film, created by Morgan Spurlock. This documentary emphasizes the message of the risks of consuming fast food and the outcomes that fast food has on people’s health. Spurlock came up with this idea from a lawsuit that involved two young girls suing McDonalds for their weight problems. The presiding judge over this case ruled that there was not sufficient evidence that their health issues were caused by consuming food from McDonalds. As an experiment to see if these girl’s claim had any merit, Spurlock was determined to only consume food from McDonalds for thirty days and see if there was any correlation between eating fast food and declining of health.
Throughout the documentary, there were unsourced statistics that could in fact have been inaccurate, and even the entire plot of the movie, the 30-day McDonalds diet, was very inaccurate and unfair. At the beginning, many statistics were mentioned such as how there are “four McDonalds per square mile in Manhattan”, and how “West Virginia is the third fattest state”, however there is absolutely no sourcing to prove these facts true. In addition, the entire 30-day diet can be argued against, as it is an extremely inaccurate representation of a regular diet; even if it is composed of only McDonalds. An example of this is how Bennett advised against Spurlock drinking sodas and suggested he drink McDonalds water instead but Spurlock ignored her