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Supersize MeThere is a lot to chew on in Morgan Spurlock’s takedown of the fast food industry, “Supersize Me”. In this expository documentary, he makes many persuasive arguments proving that the fast food industry is a major cause of the obesity epidemic that is plaguing North America. A majority of the effectiveness of the message within this documentary came from the innovative techniques Morgan used. In his attempt to persuade his audience to agree with his main claim, he refers to the three main rhetorical appeals: logos, ethos, and pathos. I was quite excited actually, when I found out we were going to watch this documentary. I’ve always heard stories about this compelling documentary created by a man who made a himself into a human guinea pig to keep a strict fast food diet and watch what happens. However, actually seeing this type of challenge take growing shape in “Supersize Me” was very different than I thought it was going to be. After seeing how harmful much of the food was for Morgan, I was horrified! I had no clue just how many negative effects could come from doing this. Even the doctors didn’t know! I think Spurlock uses Pathos to arouse outrage in the viewer really well in his film. He did many interviews with the “average American” on the street, and he also visited various schools in order to prove his theory that unhealthy foods surround Americans even in illegid “safe places.” Many people admitted that fast food is a serious threat to health, and should be avoided. He also worked with children, identifying the harm in subliminal messages, through the use of visual identification. Clearly, when a six year old can identify a fast food mascot over the current president, or Jesus Christ, then obviously, the country has its’ priorities out of sort. I believe that children are one of the most important factors of Morgan’s use of pathos in this film because children as a whole are being targeted as a group that is harming their bodies by not eating healthy. A child’s naive, unsuspecting nature creates the most impactful pathos on the viewers. The viewing of children in schools looking overweight and getting little exercise and nutritional food allows for the people watching this documentary to relate to their own children or to their own childhood. Another good example of how Spurlock uses pathos is shown through his overall personal experience and relatable situations. He successfully brings out the feelings of fear in his viewers when he shows doctors, his family, his girlfriend, and even himself, worrying out loud about his health while doing this challenge. His family doctor also warns him of liver damage, saying “you must stop doing what you are doing.”He also uses ethos to carry his message convincingly. He directs his argument against fast food being bad for your health toward a wide audience, but mainly to adults. His argument collides with representatives of a very popular business, McDonald’s. This makes it easy for many people in America to be able to understand and relate to the extent of the problem: restaurants are everywhere. According to Spurlock, since 60% of all Americans are either overweight or obese, his argument is being targeted at the majority of America. Any person who eats fast food can benefit from the information in this documentary, so it is a very helpful resource for people who don’t know the dangers of eating too much fast food. Spurlock himself is a filmmaker, television producer, and screenwriter, which really enhances his own credibility with the audience. It shows that he documented his growth from fit to fat thoroughly.Lastly, aside from eating just McDonalds, Spurlock made sure there was no room for error. He made frequent visits to not only one, but three different doctors, a nutritionist and an exercise technician. They took various types of tests before, during and after his challenge. By doing this, it proved that he was extremely healthy at the beginning, and, by the end, he had become extremely sick. The audience laughs with grim humour at his “McSweats”. He also included a follow up with an overweight man who was in need of surgery for his dangerous weight issues. I think the live footage of the surgery made viewers quickly realize the severity of the consequences to an unhealthy diet. “Supersize Me” educated its’ audience, even in a legal sense as well. At the beginning of the film, we are told that two girls sued McDonalds for serving food that severely altered their image and health. In fact, this incident actually sparked Spurlock’s whole experiment. The court’s final ruling was that there was no way that the claimants could prove that McDonalds was the sole cause of their health and physical problems. Morgan wanted to do it. Even thought this documentary was extremely persuasive and informative in exposing the fast food industry, the truth is that there really are very few solutions to this whole epidemic. The only ‘real’ solution we have is to regulate the foods that are causing extreme harm in our population. We need to stop advertising unhealthy food, especially to our younger generation. More advertising of healthy choices, for vegetables, fruits, and healthy foods can help. Most importantly, we need to put an end to all of the supersized meals. It was a very powerful film to help viewers understand that not changing eating habits can kill them.

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