An issue affecting contemporary society

Obesity has a major impact on American society. Around two thirds (68.8 percent) of American adults are considered to be overweight or obese and more than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity. The main cause of this issue is the addictive nature of fast food companies such as McDonald's. This is shown in the documentary Supersize Me written and directed by Morgan Spurlock. Spurlock took the challenge of eating nothing but McDonald's for 30 days straight to see what effects it has on the body. Before the experiment, Spurlock was of optimum health with a body mass of 84.1 kg. By the end of the experiment, he had gained 11.1 kg, a 13% body mass increase, his cholesterol had increased to 230 mg/dL, he had experienced mood swings and had accumulation of fat in his liver (which damages the organ and then leads to further complications such as cirrhosis). It took Spurlock one year and two months to lose the weight he gained during the experiment and to return to hit normal lifestyle.

This documentary changed the way people viewed fast food and Spurlock was able to create this reaction by using a number of devices. Camera angles played a big part in this documentary. One particular scene that shows a low camera angle being used is when Spurlock is in the car eating his supersized meal. He used the low camera angle to emphasize the size of the fries and drink, but to also make himself look bad. Everyone knows to never take a selfie from a low angle as it increases the amount of chins, same rule applies with this scene.

Spurlock used the scene of him vomiting to gross out the audience and to get his message across. Being a sympathy chucker myself, I automatically felt queasy at the sight of Spurlock doing 'the technicolor yawn', so I was automatically put off McDonald's. This means that Spurlock was successful in the message he was trying to get across to the audience.   

Obesity is affecting contemporary society because the habit (of excessive consumption) will be passed down from generation to generation and it will soon be seen as a tradition. It needs to be stopped as it is effecting people and their lives in a negative way.

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