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The Smoking Fry

I love the movie Super Size Me, and my students always respond well to this story of a man who eats nothing but McDonald’s for a month — and the horrible things that happen to his body because of it. Two of the most affecting scenes in the movie, however, don’t revolve around Morgan Spurlock‘s growing midsection.

In this first clip (included as a bonus feature on the DVD of the film), Spurlock shows what happens to a selection of McDonald’s sandwiches and fries when he leaves them out, unrefrigerated, for several weeks. The results are pretty incredible.

In the next clip, Spurlock uses animation to show how Chicken McNuggets make their way to a fast food tray. It’s a great distillation of the problems with industrial agriculture and processed food in less than 90 seconds.

1 Comment

  1. Hello 🙂
    I’ve been showing this movie (SuperSize Me) to my 6th graders for the past 8 years I believe. I’m in my 11th year of teaching. The video clip of Morgan doing that experiment with the burgers was fantastic! Where did you get this video clip from and do you have anymore clips? I’ve always wanted to do an experiment like this with my students. Have you done anything like this with your students? If so, do you have any recommendations as to what I can do? Thanks in advance for your help. This is great stuff!

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