Super Size Me - American Representation
Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children since the 1970's (national centre of Health statistics, 2009). More than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese (2014). in general rates of overweight and obesity are higher for African-American and Hispanic women than Caucasian women, higher for Hispanic men than Caucasian and African-American men, higher in the South and Midwest, and trend to increase with age (2014). Research also shows that the heaviest Americans have become even heavier the past decade (2009).
The driving factor for Spurlock's investigation was the increasing spread of obesity throughout US society, which the Surgeon General has declared "epidemic", and the corresponding lawsuit brought against McDonald's on behalf of two overweight girls, who, it was claimed, became obese as a result of eating too much McDonald's food. Spurlock points out that, although the lawsuit against McDonald's failed, much of the same criticism of the tobacco companies applies to fast food franchises.
The documentary shows many negatives of American society such as obesity which is a big problem in America. Spurlock represented obesity as a negative in American society though the use of the script. His script for the documentary was meaningful and comedic but also filled with lots of research about obesity and the effects it has on the human body. 'Each day 1 in 4 Americans visit a fast food restaurant'.however another negative scene in Super Size Me was the number of fast food restaurants advertised but also the number of fast food restaurants such as McDonald's in such a small area. Spurlock used a still camera to interview small children to see if they were able to recognise famous icons but they were only able to recognise fast food icons such as Ronald McDonald through the use of advertisements in America. 'The average child see's 10,000 food advertisements a year'. We are able to see the different American fast food places as the documentary is opened with a quick fire montage of fast food restaurants.