How American Society has been Represented in the Documentary Supersize Me
America is one of the most obese countries in the world. Two in three Americans are considered overweight or obese and it has led to to over 120,000 preventable deaths each year in the United States. Supersize Me is a documentary about the unhealthy nature of McDonald's with the physical and mental effects it has on the body. Director/producer/writer Morgan Spurlock took the challenge of eating nothing but McDonald's for 30 days straight (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Before taking the challenge, Spurlock (age 33) was of the 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. upersize Me is from Morgan Spurlock's perspective as he has experienced the effects of fast food, in order to try and convince the audience that it is destroying their bodies. Spurlock interviewed all different types of people to show that is has an impact on everyone rather than a specific group. One of the people he interviewed was a 17 year old girl who was having trouble with losing weight. She had been inspired by Jared Fogle who had lost weight by only eating subway twice a day. She says "I can't afford to go there [Subway] every day and buy a sandwich two times a day" this particular interview would have been entertaining to the audience because you do not need to eat Subway on it's own twice a day to lose weight. An overweight man was interviewed earlier on in the documentary and he was asked how often he ate fast food and he said 3 or 4 times a week. This shows that he is not afraid of admitting of what he is doing to his body.
The introduction to the documentary showed a bunch of kids all singing this song (please listen to song with caution. May cause insanity). All the kids in this scene are laughing and having fun. This shows that the majority of American kids are being raised with a positive attitude towards fast food. It the focuses on two overweight children in the front row to emphasis their point.
The reason Supersize Me is so effective in getting their message across is through the correct use of persuasive devices. One of the most prominent devices used was statistics. Statistics/facts give a sense of authority for example, Spurlock said in the introduction that "McDonald's alone operates more that 30 000 joints in over 100 countries on 6 continents, and feeds more than 46 million people world wide every day". By giving the audience all of these large numbers, it then leads the viewers to believe what is being said in the documentary.
I think that everyone should watch this documentary and learn from it as it shows the reality of McDonald's and other fast food places. Morgan Spurlock was incredibly brave for doing this experiment and he has helped so many people understand what McDonald's really does to your body.