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Super Size Me

With obesity on the rise in North America, it is no surprise filmmakers would eventually take a look at this growing dilemma. Contributing to increased health costs and lost man-hours, the weight issue is a hefty problem facing our society. In his documentary Super Size Me, first time director and writer, Morgan Spurlock, singles out the fast food industry as a culprit in the crisis and personally takes them on. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: A
Sexual Content: B
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: A-
Theater Release: 20 May 2004
Video Release: 27 Sep 2004
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What is society’s ideal of the perfect body? What is considered to be beautiful? Are beautiful and healthy always the same thing?

What is the consumer’s personal responsibility when it comes to eating fast food? Should the government pass legislation about the selling of this product? What might be the fallout of such legislation?

Should fast food outlets and vending machines be allowed in the school setting? What kind of education programs might help students make better food choices? How often does your lunch resemble those of the students in this film?

What things, including his past drug and alcohol use, may have had an influence on Morgan’s health concerns during the fast food diet? What effects might his work and travel schedule during the filming of this movie have on his lack of well-being, sexual relations or energy level?

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