Thursday, February 23, 2012

Supersize Me

Why are Americans so fat? As seen in the documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock eats McDonalds for 30-days and gets physical and psychological damage. I am not a fast food junkie anymore so watching him eat meal after meal is disgusting. To eat this food for three meals a day must be very tiring. I'd think my taste buds would go on strike. The thought of McDonald even having a "super size" meal is horrific. Do we really need to supersize anything? People can no longer be considerate with a regular portion size of meal but need a bigger one to satisfy their needs. The bigger the meal is the more calories it contains. Not to mention all the sugar and salt the body will consume. Morgan Spurlock should get credit for experimenting on the diet of McDonald. He risked his health to set awareness to American people on how the food from McDonald is unhealthy. Can you imagine gaining 5 pounds in just 3 days, that speaks volumes to how bad this food is for us. To a person trying to lose weight, like myself this is an excellent advice in learning what not to eat and what to eat.

Here are some facts about Americans and fast food (related to the movie/super size me):
*Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant
* In 1972, we spent 3 billion a year on fast food - today we spend more than $110 billion
*McDonald's feeds more than 46 million people a day - more than the entire population of Spain
*You would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fry and Big Mac
*In the U.S., we eat more than 1,000,000 animals an hour
*60 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese
*One in every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime
* Left unabated, obesity will surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in America
*Obesity has been linked to: Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes, Stroke, Gall Bladder Disease, Osteoarthritis, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Problems, Endometrial, Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancers, Dyslipidemia, steatohepatitis, insulin resistance, breathlessness, Asthma, Hyperuricaemia, reproductive hormone abnormalities, polycystic ovarian syndrome, impaired fertility and lower back pain
*The average child sees 10,000 TV advertisements per year

It has been 8 years since the movie was made. Have there been any changes in the fast food industry to make eating there better or has it gotten worse? Answer the following questions by Friday March 2, 2012.

1. French fries are the most vegetable in America, what is wrong with that?

2. On an average today over 40 percent of American meals are eaten outside the home, what do you think your percentage would be?

3. Only seven items on McDonald's entire menu contain no sugar. Canyou name those items?

4. Why should we listen to the nutritionists that recommend not eating fast food more than once a month? If you were to give up something for lent what would it be?

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