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.
In the year 2010, President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama created the “Hunger-Free Kids Act” of 2010, which has created problems among students. In the year 2012, Michelle Obama also created the “Let’s Move Campaign” in order to reduce childhood obesity, and to give students access to healthy food in their school lunches. The “Hunger-Free Kids Act” means that no student should go hungry, and the “Let’s Move Campaign” makes the lunches healthier. Unfortunately, due to the quality and quantity of the meals that the students now receive, more kids are refusing to eat school lunches, and remain hungry during school hours. Not only does this outrage students, it also infuriates parents, teachers and staff as well.
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.
The evolving nature of food is affirmed using the evidence presented through visuals, varying sources and expertise of individuals, in the documentaries Supersize me and Food Inc. To begin with, the use of varying visuals is exhibited in the camera angles that the documentary possesses, manipulating the way the viewer sees the subject. Furthermore, the documentaries contain data that is backed up by multiple sources, assuring the reader of the validity of the information being presented. Additionally, their information is further ascertained using interviews from people who are experts in the subject matter and factual statistics that favour their argument. Overall the documentaries provide valid and well supported ideas that convince the viewers that the presented subject matter is significant.
There is no doubt that fast food is causing major problems for many Americans today. To respond to this, an ordinary man, Morgan Spurlock, decides to experiment with the effects of eating too much fast food. In his documentary, Supersize Me, Spurlock experiments by eating only food from McDonald’s for thirty days straight to see how it would affect his health. Spurlock starts out healthier compared to an average person for his age and size. Throughout this film, his health starts getting worse and eventually reaches serious levels, even before the thirty days are over. While Spurlock is experimenting with his fast food diet, he also researches different issues that relate to the sales and consumption of fast food.
He proves how tired you can get (when he was struggling and out of breath while walking up the stairs) from all the eating of fast food. Not only did the weight gain affect his performance in life in general, but it also affected his relationship with his girlfriend who actually never wanted him to do the project in the first place. Spurlock doing the project himself was probably the best way possible to get his own factual support because he was able to use both his weight gain and decrease in his health overall. He kind of uses Pathos with this same idea as well, by making the entire documentary a personal story. Lots of statistics are given during the course of the documentary such as, “sixty percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese”, (“Super-Size Me,” 2007) which shows us just how serious this problem is and will continue to be if we don’t take action.
Often times, schools offer foods that are high in sugar, fats and calories, because they are higher in demand and would satisfy the public youth. In addition to that, these junk foods are much more accessible and cheaper than healthier foods. These foods that are high in sugar and fats don’t provide students with the proper nutrients needed for proper brain development and encourages students to eat unhealthy foods, making school a breeding ground for obesity. Children that spend almost half or more of their day at school need to be provided with a healthier lunch that meets their basic dietary needs. Obesity is a problem that stems even from school itself, a place where students are supposed to feel encouraged to learn, make positive life decisions and staying active.
Healthy eating and regular exercise can decrease the risk of children becoming obese. There are parents who would rather go to a fast food restaurant rather than make a healthy homemade meal. It is also much cheaper for a meal at a fast food restaurant than to make a homemade meal. Schools, after school care centers and families can help prevent obesity in children. Schools are a fantastic opportunity to be able to teach children the benefits and need to eat healthy and exercise.
The Dark Side of All American Meal. The main reason and purpose of this book was written in attempt to us Americans to see the “Dark Side” of the fast food industry. Throughout the book professor of nutrition science Eric Schlosser tries to explain and point out that fast food is a key force that is impacting almost nearly every aspect in America within our health, politics, economy, and the society we live in today. The significant theme represented in this book is based on the health and production of the fast food industry and how it has rapidly evolved over time.
Healthier is Happier Unhealthy foods produce unhappy students. Students who eat school pizzas, mozzarella sticks, and chewy brownies are unfocused, unhappy, and unaware of the benefits they are missing. Healthy lunches need to be instated in schools. Although people are far more likely to pick an unhealthy lunch, schools should implement healthier lunch options because doing so would improve students’ nutrient balance, behavior, and liking for beneficial foods.
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
In the article “No Lunch Left Behind” Waters and Heron argues that, “ Lunch Program contains some of the same ingredients found in fast food, and the resulting meals routinely fail to meet basic nutritional standard. Yet this is how government continues to ‘help’ feed millions of American schoolchildren, a great many of them from low income household.” It would not be wrong to assert that cafeteria is one of the fast food restaurants located in Washington High School, since it offers more than average calories a teenager student
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.
Part A: Research Idea Topic: Nursing Students' perception on the quality of food in the, kitchen of the School of Nursing. Research Question: What is the perception in nursing students regarding the quality if food served from the kitchen of the School of Nursing?