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Obesity In The U.S: Super Size Me

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How is fast food causing an increase in obesity in the United Sates?
Obesity can be caused by a combination of fast food and the environment people live in today. Fast food contains foods that are high in fats, sugars, and starches. These ingredients have rarely any nutritional value to the human body. Most of the foods available at fast food restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King, and KFC contain concentrated salt and preservatives to enhance the flavor in them. Obesity has become the defining aspect of our nation by surrounding the people with fast food products. The freedom to choose what one wants, gives the fast food companies the right to give one unhealthy food. The consumption of fast food products regularly greatly increases one’s chance of having health disparities such as Coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, stroke, Hypertension, and Osteoarthritis. These negative effects are present with the daily eating of fast foods.
What were two themes discussed in the documentary Super Size Me?
In the documentary film Super Size Me directed by Morgan Spurlock, there were many themes discussed about on the topic obesity. Two themes were obesity increasing and children being targeted as they are an easy topic. The frequent photos and interviews of obese adults and children suggest that America definitely has an obesity problem. In the film Super Size Me (2004) states,

America has now become the fattest nation in the world…. Nearly 100 million Americans are now overweight or obese. That's more than 60% of all U.S. adults. Since 1980, the total number of overweight Americans has doubled, with twice as many overweight children, and three times as many overweight adolescents.
The numbers are still increasing and needs to be stopped. Fats are needed in a diet but fast food restaurants offer too much causing obesity. Children are being targeted as an easy way for fast food restaurants to sell unhealthy food. Advertisement on media attracts little kids and kids want anything they see. It starts as an addiction from a young child until they are forced to stop due to health problems. There are indoor playgrounds for kids and birthday parties being thrown for them there. It lures them in and it is hard to stop eating once someone starts it. Starting at a young age means, health disparities are present at a young age.
Which theme was interesting and why did it stand out?
The theme that most stood out to me because of interest was the children being targeted as an easy way to make money. It applies to all little kids so I can make a connection. Little kids are watching television and see Ronald in bright colors which catch their attention. Ronald is around little kids and plays with them. The little kids watching can put themselves in the other kids’ position and want to go to McDonalds. Once...

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