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Super Size Me?
In our 7th Grade Health Class we have been studying food and nutrition and watched the documentary Super Size Me which shows the drastic effects of an unhealthy diet. It is specifically about how eating only fast food for 30 days would affect a person's health. At the same time, it shows how the rate of overweight and morbidly obese people has increased.
In Supersize Me, the creator of the documentary agrees to do a test on how much it would affect him if he only ate McDonald's food for 30 days. He also agreed to "supersize" while on this diet, meaning that he will not only eat only fast food for 30 days, but he must also choose the largest sizes available. He also isn't allowed to exercise or walk for long distances during this time. He had multiple people from several medical fields examine him throughout the experiment to see how much this would affect him. Among the several were an exercise physician and a nutritionist. He is very drastically affected by this experiment, even to the point where several of his medical advisors recommend that he should immediately stop the diet. Among the things that increased greatly was his cholesterol which jumped from being at a perfectly healthy level to an extremely unhealthy level. Throughout this diet he performed several other experiments such as trying to find the nutritional value of the different items on the menu, and checking out school cafeterias to see the kind of diets kids were having during school. Click here for more information on Supersize Me.
The documentary shows that people should only eat fast food in moderation and that people also need lots of exercise. Everyone should get about an hour of athletic activity and almost any nutritionist will recommend that people eat no fast food. This documentary disgusted me even more especially when I saw the school cafeterias and what they were feeding the students because I had already known how unhealthy school lunches were already, but this showed that they are even worse than people think. I personally gave up eating fast food 2 years ago because it had started making me sick and I decided to live a healthier lifestyle. I have since quickly become much more athletic and have been eating much healthier. I don't regret my choice to stop eating fast food, in fact I think that it has helped me a lot.
Article posted June 1, 2012 at 10:58 AM •
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