Thursday, April 9, 2009

Super Size Me

So last night I previewed Super Size Me because I'm showing it in school today. I'm having the kids create their own menus for the days as if they were able to buy or eat anything from anywhere for 1 entire day. I'm curious to see how they would plan their meals.
Then I'm going to give them a list of Foods and the Calories and I'm going to have them add up their possible total calorie "intake" for the meals they planned for the day.
And then after that we are going to watch the Super Size Me Documentary so they can truly see the effects that Fast Food will and can have on your body.
I'm not saying that I NEVER eat french fries or an occasional McDonalds cheeseburger (once a year , I rarely every have fast food). I figured it could be something fun and interesting for the kids to watch...

Here is a brief overview of the movie:

What happens when you eat McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day, super-sized when asked, widely sampling selections from the entire menu from Big Macs meals to yogurt parfaits, salads and fish filets? With a team of highly qualified doctors monitoring his health every step of the way, director Morgan Spurlock answers this question: your body falls apart.
Spurlock also has the perfect narrative hook: himself. Following in the tradition of Michael Moore, Spurlock is the narrative hero of his own film – and this is just fine. An articulate speaker, he is also a compassionate listener and a wonderful guide.

Super Size Me" is a terrific film that takes the seemingly not-so-sexy subjects of health, nutrition, and corporate greed and turns them into informative entertainment. Crisply edited, Spurlock's steady stream of meals at McDonalds are cut with interviews with his vegan chef girlfriend, his concerned nutritionists and doctors, fast food consumers, and corporate lobbyists.


Future Mom (Heather) said...

I saw this movie years ago & really liked it. Although I do enjoy a big mac about once a year, I can't believe there are some people who eat this stuff like it's the only food available on the planet. If you liked this movie, he and his girlfriend also did another tv documentary about living on minimum wage jobs and it was really interesting.

Mrs. Stilettos said...

That is such a great idea to do with the kids - I'm lovin' it :) hahaha (get it?!)

Amandaaa said...

That's a GREAT lesson plan, Dana!
Totally effective.

I love McDonald's. Nuggets-hollla.
But I wouldn't, couldn't
eat it straight through like that.
Never seen the
perhaps I will.

Marni's Organized Mess said...

I haven't seen this. I should watch it. What a great idea.

Katelin said...

what a cool idea for your kids, i wonder what kind of food they'll choose, haha. i know a couples years ago my meal would have definitely been calorific, haha.

Auburn Kat said...

I watched this movie and I still like McDonalds=)

Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Missy said...

I love McDonalds, and I like to think I could eat it every day - of course I would be the size of a blimp and extremely unhealthy! I did see this movie a while back though, it was interesting.