6/25/2004

Mcdonalds super size crisis

We always knew fast food was bad for you. But reading here about Morgan Spurlock's documentary called "Super Size Me", I was kinda scared. His documentary is a film of himself eating Mcdonalds for every meal...30 days straigt. Errr, sounds like a dumb thing to do, but his documentary has made a big impact, both on people viewing it, and on Mcdonalds. The article talks about Mcdonald's recent economic difficulties, how this film can hurt the economy for fast food, and the extreme lengths, restaurants like Mcdonalds are going to, just to keep people happy, such has selling salads, etc. The article also shows how corporations fund/donate to polititions and other companies so they can stay on top. Guess who The American Council on Science and Health's past doners have been... Chocolate manufacturers, Burger King, Coca Cola, and other companies producing unhealthy food. I thought that interseting since we'd discussed how corporations give money to get people to make favorable decisions for them in Dr. Tufte's class. Hope you enjoy the article.

1 comment:

metromut said...

After reading the article about McDonald's Super Size Crisis it left me with a couple of thoughts. First, I believe that McDonalds has the slogan of "if it's not broke don't fix it". Meaning that McDonald's did not try to introduce any healthier items on their menus until the company started down the road of finiancial trouble and public criticism. Second, if people like Morgan Spurlock didn't start a stir about the health issues surrounding McDonalds menu, they would have never added salads, yogart and apples. Third, how can McDonald executives say that it was a sabotage and did not represent the "true consumer" because he was eating "junk food" and not exercising? The greater part of Americans do just that. They super size their fast food meals while driving in their cars or watching their favorite television shows.