Does anybodyknow a film aboutfast food? We are going to watch the first five minutes of Supersize Me by Morgan Spurlock. As we are watching, write down any FACTS we are told or statistics. Write down anything that surprises you What are the key points made in this opening extract?
Discuss each of the statements on thesheet and rank them from 1 to 10,putting the statement which bestsums up the main idea of the filmopening first.1. Everything is big in America.2. Families in America no longer cook dinner every single day.3. Obesity is one of the major causes of preventable death.4. McDonald’s has more than 30,000 restaurants throughout the world.5. McDonald’s are everywhere – even hospitals.6. America’s weight problems are caused solely by eating McDonald’s.7. America is the fattest nation in the world.8. McDonald’s has been sued by overweight people.9. Eating too much fast food might be dangerous to health.10. 60 per cent of all US adults are overweight or obese.
In pairs… …discuss each of the statements on the sheet and rank them from 1 to 10, putting the statement which best sums up the main idea of the film opening first. Now join up with another pair to make a square… Compare your rankings Combine your findings to produce a top five ideas – write these down in your book
Obesity is being so overweight it’s bad for your health. Whetheryou are obese or not is worked out by looking at how tall you areand how much you weigh. It’s usually caused by two simple factors– an unhealthy diet (typically too rich in sugar and fats) and notdoing enough exercise to burn off the calories consumed.More and more young people in the UK are becoming obese – itsbeen described as a modern epidemic. Around 27 per cent ofchildren are now overweight and research suggests the mainproblem is a continual reduction in the amount of exercise childrentake.Effects of being overweight include problems with the joints andbones, a condition that produces headaches and affects vision,hyperventilation (leading to drowsiness during the day, snoring andeven heart failure), gall bladder disease, polycystic ovarysyndrome, high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats anddiabetes. There are also marked psychological effects leading tolow self-esteem.
A study in America has suggested that fast food might becontributing to this as fast food consumption has increased fivefoldamong children since 1970.Fast food lovers consumed more fats, sugars and carbohydrates andfewer fruits and non-starchy vegetables than youngsters who didnteat fast food. They also consumed 187 more daily calories, whichadds up to about six pounds more per year.A typical fast food meal has a very high energy density and is morethan one and a half times higher than an average traditional Britishmeal and two and a half times higher than a traditional African meal.Consequently, a diet high in fast foods will increase a persons risk ofweight gain – even though they may be eating no more than theywould in a normal meal.
Read the text in front of you –find out the followingThe main purpose of the textThe main points the text makesThe way the points have been presented, eg. The use of paragraphs, headings etc. – what effect do these have on the text?How particular language choices have been made eg. Persuasive features, emotive features
Now go back to your original groupsTake it in turns to tell the rest of the group what your text was and what its purpose wasDecide on an answer and a justification for the question: “Are the food companies solely to blame for this epidemic? Is fast food really that bad for you?”A spokesperson must be ready to report back your group’s findings
Homework Keep a food diary of what you eat this week for discussion in a week’s time so we can reflect on our personal food choices Include snacks and drinks you may have throughout the dayTo be posted on your Blog!