Activity 4 Super Size Me

‘Super Size Me’ is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003 during which he eats only McDonald's food. The film documents this lifestyle's drastic effects on Spurlock's physical and psychological wellbeing, and explores the fast food industry's corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Size_Me).

View the Super Size Me trailer.

  • What do you think motivated Morgan Spurlock to produce this documentary?
  • What do you think Spurlock used himself in this 'experiment'? What impact does that have on the audience?
  • Upon viewing this, was there anything that surprised you? Why/why not?
  • What were the side effects that Spurlock experienced?
  • How do you think McDonald’s reacted to this documentary?
  • Do you think this kind of documentary changes people’s attitudes and behaviours? 
  • Do you think this kind of documentary changes people's attitudes and behaviours? Why/why not?

Share your responses with the class through a shared Google doc.