An Australian Interpretation of Supersize Me

Australia and America can be seen in many different ways. Both countries have their different beliefs, values, ideas and attitudes which can be tied together with out cultural and social context. Many of these are shown in the documentary Supersize Me.

I typed "stereotypical American" into Google Images, and found that most of the pictures had an obese man holding a burger, whilst firing a gun with an eagle somewhere around him. Turns out that's not so far from the truth. The obese part, I mean. America is the fattest country in the world with more than one third (34.9% or 78.6 million) being obese. We see these people as big. Big nation, big people, big food. This is all because of the food that they eat and the lifestyle choices they make. Americans are known for being 'busy' or 'rushed' due to their city life. This then leads to laziness when it comes to physical health. They will get a cab instead of walking or riding a bike, and they will buy fast food because they can't be bothered or because they 'don't have the time' to cook healthy meals themselves. On the other hand, a dominant Australian attitude is that we are very laid back and that everyone should 'take it easy'. We are also known for having a relaxed lifestyle.

Australians have a lot of respect for the history of the country and a strong sense of national pride. In Supersize Me, a family were trying to recite the oath of their country. After many attempts, none of them could remember the oath or get through it without laughing. Director/writer/producer Morgan Spurlock asked the family if they could recite the Burger King theme, one lady said it without even thinking about it. This scene tells us that Americans values/priorities are wrong and that they practically worship their fast food restaurants more than their own country. This shows that they have no respect for their country.

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