Super Size Me Documentary Critique

Super Size Me Documentary Critique.The “Super Size Me” documentary was produced by the American film maker Morgan Spurlock in 2004. Spurlock produced the documentary as a response to several unsuccessful legal suits against McDonald’s fast food company. Spurlocks employs a catchy documentary title to clearly cover the subject matter. The film utilizes a personal experiment where Spurlock consumes only McDonald’s foods for a period of 30 days in an attempt to illustrate the effects the unhealthy fast foods have on people physical and emotional wellbeing (Bloomfield and Sangalang). The more Spurlocks consumed the MacDonald’s foods, the more side effects he experienced.

The side effects documented included fatigue, sexual dysfunction, depression, headache, mood swings and breathing difficulties (Spurlock). The producer cooperates with professionals such as doctors, nutritionists and dieticians who investigate the changes occurring in Spurlock’s body.  The documentary captures all the physical and emotional changes that occur in Spurlocks over the course of the 30 days. The documentary targets the overall population because the obesity menace affects people of all ages regardless of their culture, ethnicity, geographical location and social class. Although the “Super Size Me” documentary has been criticized for being biased, the film is educative, utilizes credible sources of information, is effectively organized and employs shock and comparative techniques in a clear manner and understandable manner.

Super Size Me Documentary

From the beginning of the film, it becomes evident that the documentary is highly informative and educational. In the documentary, Spurlock sheds light on the obesity epidemic in the United States. The producer begins by stating that fast food companies are to blame for the high prevalence of obesity in the country. The film is earnest in its portrayal of the country’s obesity menace. Zlatevska, Chris and Stephen (140) agree with Spurlock that the high prevalence of obesity is as a result of consuming super-sized products.

The documentary combines harrowing statistics with interviews with several professionals. Some of the experts interviewed in the documentary include Marion Nestle,  a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health of New York University, David Satcher, a former surgeon and Tommy Thomson, the then head of the United States’ Health and Human services (Spurlock). Additionally, the documentary uses an experiment to clearly demonstrate the effects daily consumption of fast foods would have on an individual’s physical health and emotional wellbeing. The use of statistics, interviews and a detailed experiment enables viewers to learn a lot from the film.