Morgan Spurlock, an American Independent Filmmaker embarked on an experiment of eating only McDonalds for thirty days. He documented his findings in a documentary titled “Supersize Me” As a result, Spurlock gained nearly twenty-five pounds, and his body mass increased almost fifteen percent. The reason behind Spurlock’s investigation was to identify the problem with our countries rise in obesity, largely contributed to a lack of fresh and healthy food being available. Obesity is an epidemic plaguing our country ever so quickly and one of the biggest reasons for it is many communities don’t have access to fresh food, and in many times that food if available exceeds the families budget. The United States Department of Agriculture (1) defines …show more content…
So what exactly is the problem? Well, the USDA food desert locator (3) shows that ten percent of America is classified as a food desert. Households all across the country don’t have access to fresh and healthy food causing them to resort to unhealthy cheaper food like fast food or food someone could get from a convenience store. Food deserts can impact the health of our nation. Especially when it comes to obesity, because studies have shown that having greater number of convenience stores are linked to having higher obesity. While having access to fresh foods such as a grocery store or a farmers market has shown to lower obesity rates. Studies done by The Harvard school of Public health (4) asserts that our surroundings impact what we eat. Not having access to healthy foods, can corrode healthy lifestyles and promote obesity in areas affected the most by a food desert. Many times in these food deserts, fast food options are plentiful, convenient and cheap. People living in food deserts often see more advertising for junk food, or fast food, where in non-food desert areas you’ll see more advertising for a farmers market, or sales on produce at local grocery stores. Food deserts exist from New York, to Chicago to even our own …show more content…
Now before we identify the causes, we need to identify the skepticism regarding this topic. It doesn’t affect everyone, and it only effects certain communities. What is important to understand is that with the rapid rise of fast food, and the increase in the price of fresh food, we will see these food deserts arise at a quicker rate than ever before. That leads to the first cause, opening more fast food restaurants. That action leads to a clear and present danger in our communities. Now don’t get me a wrong, a good juicy cheeseburger is good every once in a while. Through the opening of these fast food restaurants, kids, adults, and students alike will be more tempted than ever to spend the money on a quick and easy meal. I can’t count the number of times my parents have gotten take out simply because they didn’t want to cook. Secondly, the prices of fresh food are at an all-time high. Currently, the prices of fresh eggs are higher than recent years because of a bird flu. In turn that means that farmers producing our eggs don’t have the chickens to produce the eggs. And in result jacking up the prices of a dozen eggs. As a cashier at a grocery store, I know firsthand the anger this causes consumers. Produce prices are also at a new high as we look outside of the United States to get our fresh produce. Finally, our nation is faced with a big problem: Inadequate
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In Morgan Spurlock’s, “Supersize Me”(documentary) he takes on the mission to finding out whether or not Mcdonald’s food can actually be the reason for obesity in America, Even though pathos and ethos were used in Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me, Logos is the most effective due to the fact the he used people 's opinions over Mcdonald 's. Morgan Spurlock uses pathos, logos, and ethos to describe the harmful effects of Mcdonald’s food. During his quest in finding out whether or not eating Mcdonald’s food for thirty days can be bad for you, he asks for the help of three doctors. A
In the first article “Resisting the Moralization of Eating”, by Mary Maxfeild she ¬argues many things against the other author Michael Pollan about how we need to change how the American people eat, and how the government needs to handle obesity better in the United States. This portrays to the other article “Escape from the Western Diet” by Michael Pollan in many ways, as well as many challenges. “The challenge we face today is figuring out how to escape the worst elements of the Western diet and lifestyle without going back to the bush” (Pollan 437). In this paper I will go over many subtopics including: Obesity, health, and food.
Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, shed a bright light not only on the fast growing obesity trend in America but to the companies that support them, as well. Spurlock, the film’s director and star, sacrificed his body and mind to bring attention to how too much fast food in one’s diet can be very harmful. The film was highly informative, with many interviews, and day-by-day scenes of Spurlock as he faces his McDonald’s challenge. The film supported anti-obesity using statistics with supporting information. The story of Morgan Spurlock as he faces his McDonald’s challenge and desperately tries to bring attention to this health epidemic, is highly captivating.
In 2003, a brave, middle-aged man named Morgan Spurlock decided to take one for the human race and carry out a scientific experiment using himself as the guinea pig. Morgan Spurlock, the director, producer and the star of the documentary, Supersize Me, decided to go on a diet that consists of nothing but McDonald’s products for thirty days straight, including their bottled water. Spurlock then followed a specific set of rules to govern his eating habits. Throughout the 100-minutes film, which filmed and documented his actions for thirty days, Spurlock wittingly brought awareness with the sneaking danger behind fast food meals by using mastered rhetorical appeals: logos, pathos and ethos.
According to RHI-Hub.com, Access to healthy and reasonable food can be a challenge for rural residents, unrelatedly of income level. Due to financial factors such as a low capacity of trades, many rural areas lack food shops and could be considered “food deserts.” Which are areas where there is limited availability of fresh, affordable foods. People who shop at rural communities may trust on less expensive and less nutritious options, such as those available at a gas station convenience store, than take a long drive to the grocery store that stocks fresh produce, milk, eggs, and other staples. In this paper I’m going to be talking about the effects of food deserts and how it effects peoples lives, how being in Rural cities such
Synthesis Essay Rough Draft Obesity can be seen as the epidemic of the twenty-first century as it poses a threat to a large percent of the current population, and like all epidemics, there is a suspected cause, “Food deserts.” This term is a technical term used by the CDC to describe an area that lacks access to foods high in nutrients, such as specific areas without grocery stores nearby. The idea of “food deserts” is paradoxical and can be seen as holding back people who want to eat healthy food, but it also has little impact on those who do not already want to eat healthily. For the past decade, researchers and professionals have done surveys and studies on the possibility of “food deserts” being the cause of obesity and yielding different results.
These techniques help to emphasize the message of the documentary, this being the dangers and health risks that comes with fast food and that many people are already suffering due to this. Spurlock does this by putting himself in a position where his health can be seriously effected, by eating McDonald’s for 30 days. He completes this challenge, making a very insightful documentary even when he was told not to do it or continue by many
Fast food restaurants are also pulling people in to go eat there for example Wendy’s and McDonald’s offer salads with fruits and nuts in it but people think that the salad is fresh. So instead of going to the market to get the food people choose fast food. People have to work but instead of packing their lunch they find getting fast food is more convenient for them to buy food there. If people don’t like to cook they will choose to go to a fast food restaurant because in their minds there is no other alternative for fast
Super Cheesy “Where’s the Beef?” Clara Peller inquires. Likewise, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me, which Spurlock directed himself, leaves me asking the same question. Spurlock’s thesis argues that fast food is harmful to our health.
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.
One serious problem that poor, urban cities face is the lack of available healthy and nutritious food in their areas. With little to no access to wholesome food, city dwellers around the country are forced to consume extremely low-quality and unhealthy food on a daily basis. However, there are many different ways that we can fix this issue and they are not as difficult as people think. Also, fixing these problems are very beneficial for not alone urban city dwellers, but also grocery stores themselves. One way to solve the problem of not having access to healthy food options is for chain grocery stores to open up in urban areas.
In the 2004 academy award nominated documentary Super Size Me, director Morgan Spurlock presents unsettling information about the health risks associated with a fast food exclusive diet (McDonald’s specifically). During this film, Morgan Spurlock uses several different field research methods to test his hypothesis and validate his findings. In one particular scene, we are shown the decomposition of McDonald’s food over a ten week span. Using observation-based research, we can clearly see how McDonald’s hamburgers and fries decay compared to hamburgers and fries lacking artificial preservatives. After a ten week period, we are shown that McDonald’s fries are seemingly unaffected.
The main reason why the movie Supersize Me was made was to prove that McDonald’s food has a huge impact on body weight. After two overweight girls in the age of 14 and 19 sue McDonald’s for gaining most of the weight because of dining McDonald’s. The filmmaker wanted to check if it’s possible that eating fast food could have a negative impact on the health condition. In the time of the court process there was no proof that McDonald’s caused that issue and the girls didn’t win the process because of lack of proof & arguments. McDonald’s serves nearly 46 million meals per day, which is nearly the whole population of Spain.
Fast food industries have been sucking consumers in through advertisement, enticement and new products for decades. Although it isn't a new epidemic, I feel as if it might be becoming worse in more recent times. With a more on-the-go community, better technology, and more new products, these unhealthy industries continue to prey on Americans, as well as people all over the world, and help to create an unhealthy lifestyle. I personally believe that without these institutions being so available to us, people would be less inclined to eat there. Now and days, people are so caught up in their lives that they barely have time to sit down for dinner, so the most obvious choice for many, in order to keep up with their packed schedules, is to find