Super Size Me: Observation-Based Research

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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. This is an excellent example of observation-based research because

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