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Suggested Responses to the questions below "The Fastfood Supper: The arrangement of people eating while sitting in a line at a table that is covered with a cloth which extends below the level of the table hiding their legs, as well as the three panels in the background, are features taken from Da Vinci's painting.
The fact that the picture recalls "The Last Supper," a painting with a serious religious message, tells us that the artist is trying to say something important. Since the painting relates to the "the last" meal that Jesus had with his disciples, the immediate threat posed by the Angel of Death is emphasized.
No further introduction is necessary. After the Class Watches the Movie: Introduce students to the concepts of "motivated blindness" and "the bias towards normalcy" either by giving them TWM's handout Motivated Blindness and the Normalcy Bias: A Brief Introduction or by covering the same information in a lecture.
The photograph below is helpful in conveying these concepts. The application of motivated blindness to the overconsumption of fast food and convenience food is obvious.
The application of the normalcy bias requires a short explanation. In the context of eating a diet composed mostly of convenience food, the word "normalcy" in the term "normalcy bias" refers to the continued good health of the consumer, despite the ill-effects of fast food and other convenience food.
This is especially strong in teenagers who often believe that they are indestructable and that their good health will continue no matter what they put into their bodies. Teachers should note probably no one except Mr.
Spurlock has eaten at McDonalds three times a day for 30 days and that therefor the speed with which the fast food affected his blood chemistry and his liver are not something to worry about. However, teachers should also note that many people eat convenience food two or three times a day for years and that Mr.
Spurlock's experiment suggests that eating convenience food including meals at fast food restaurants over a long period of time will cause similar changes.
Ask students to develop strategies for breaking through a friend's motivated blindness and bias toward normalcy with respect to the intake of convenience food. Then ask students what techniques might work for themselves. One idea is for students to make a copy of "The Fastfood Supper" and glue it to one of their notebooks.
Most people know that convenience food CF is loaded with salt, sugar, and fat. They have heard that CF is a substantial factor in causing the obesity epidemic, the second leading cause of preventable death. List the facts that affect the answer to the following question: When a consumer eats fast food from a restaurant like McDonald's or Burger King or buys convenience food in a store, who is responsible for the deterioration in the consumer's health caused by eating that food?
Is it the consumer or is it the company that runs the restaurant? For each important fact, write one to three word notes on the board using a "T" chart with the facts supporting the consumer's responsibility on one side and facts supporting the company's responsibility on the other.
Have students write the details of the factors in their notebooks. The list should include at least the following facts. Students might come up with more. Write the underlined headings on the appropriate side of the "T" chart.
They use a number of marketing tactics including advertising aimed at children, pricing structures aimed at getting people to purchase food they don't need a good example is super sizing, the increase in portion sizes for just a small increase in priceand advertising aimed at subconscious urges and desires like the desire to be cool and with the "in crowd".
Frequently, they lie and dissemble to hide how unhealthy their food really is. If the discussion stalls, the questions set out below may get the discussion going again.
When the industry creates the desire for the product through advertising, does it have some responsibility for what happens when people try to satisfy that desire? If so, what is the extend to that responsibility? Advertising plays upon people psychologically in ways that are not immediately apparent to adults and to children, especially young children.
Should the industry which benefits from that advertising, pay for some of the damage to which their advertising contributes? The convenience food companies are not up front in their advertising about the dangers of their products: For example, it is known that trans fats clog arteries and cause heart disease.
The trans fat in convenience food is mostly man-made. A chemical process is used to convert unsaturated fat to saturated fat. If a fast food restaurant advertises heavily, trying to get people to buy its product, claiming that it tastes good, and then puts trans fats into it to increase shelf life, doesn't that restaurant have a responsibility to warn the consumer that there are substances in the product that may be harmful?
Is this also true of convenience food makers who put high amounts of salt, sugar, or fat in the food? What about the fact that convenience food companies do not tell the truth about the health effects of their food?Yahoo Lifestyle is your source for style, beauty, and wellness, including health, inspiring stories, and the latest fashion trends.
Supersize Me is a documentary film by Morgan Spurlock which emphasizes the message of the dangers of fast food and their effects on our health. He got the idea of this movie from a case of two girls who were suing McDonald's for their obesity. Rhetorical Analysis: Supersize Me In the informative documentary, Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock investigated if a fast food restaurant, in particular McDonalds, was the main reason for obesity because of the unhealthy food they serve.
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