Super Size Me on YouTube (approx. 1hr 38 min)
*Disclaimer!!! I show the educational version of Super Size Me in my classroom. The YouTube version is the original and it has some parts that we do not normally see. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WATCH THIS! If you do not feel comfortable watching this, it is not required. Please ask a parent/guardian before watching.
Super Size Me is a 2004 American documented film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he ate only McDonald's food. The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effect on Spurlock's physical and psychological well-being and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.
Questions from watching the film:
1. What did you think of the video?
2. Did the video change the way you see fast food?
3. Do you think fast food is the biggest cause of obesity in the United States?
4. Could you honestly eat McDonald's and ONLY McDonald's for 30 straight days?
For Morgan, food affected all four areas of health- Physical, Mental, Emotional and Social.
Physical- his physical health was obviously affected. He gained weight, his cholesterol went up, his liver functions were altered, he even looked worse (his skin looked dull and he looked exhausted).
Mental- his mental health was affected. Ex. When he says, "It's the three day hump" and he only holds up two fingers. His mental processing is affected.
Emotional- he experienced mood swings which is how his emotional health was affected. He felt depressed and down when he didn't eat McDonald's and felt better when he did eat.
Social- the experiment affected his relationship with his girlfriend. Relationships are part of our social health. She explains how he is tired all the time.