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SuperSize me Documentary



Marcelo Sandoval - Gonzalo Gajardo

Students Name: __________________________________________________


Read all the instructions, if you have questions please ask your teacher

Warm up activities
A. Read the words below. Try to find out the meanning.ask your classmates or your teacher
What's the meaning of the following words? How does it sound to you?
rot / rotten



mould /



smell / smelly

beat up


juice / juicy



grease /






B. Read the sentences below, determine if they are TRUE or FALSE





______ Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant

______ In 1972, we spent 3 billion a year on fast food - today we spend more than $110 billion
______ McDonald's feeds more than 46 million people a day - more than the entire population of Spain
______ French fries are the most eaten vegetable in America
______ You would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fry and Big
______ In the U.S., people eat more than 1,000,000 animals an hour
______ 60 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese
______ One in every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime
______ Obesity has been linked to: Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes,
Stroke, Gall Bladder Disease, Osteoarthritis, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Problems, Endometrial,
Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancers, Dyslipidemia, steatohepatitis, insulin resistance,
breathlessness, Asthma, Hyperuricaemia, reproductive hormone abnormalities, polycystic
ovarian syndrome, impaired fertility and lower back pain
______ The average child sees 10,000 TV advertisements per year
______ Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald - he was fired for being too fat
______ Diabetes will cut 17-27 years off your life
______ The World Health Organization has declared obesity a global epidemic
______ McDonald's calls people who eat a lot of their food "heavy users"
______ McDonald's operates more than 30,000 restaurants in more then 100 countries on 6 continents
______ Before most children can speak they can recognize McDonald's
______ Surgeon General David Satcher: "Fast food is a major contributor to the obesity epidemic"
______ Most nutritionists recommend not eating fast food more than once a month
______ 40 percent of American meals are eaten outside the home
______ McDonald's represents 43% of total U.S. fast food market

C. What does this phrasal verb mean? Try to match them up

1.bolts it down
2.whips up
3.pigs out it off
5.picks up
6.picks at
7.gnaws at
8.gorges himself on
9.warms up
10.cutting back
11.bring down
12.cut out
13.give up

a. to eat something slowly with little interest

b. to add something to make it really good
c. to eat until you are too full to eat anymore
d. to reduce, to make it lower
e. to eat a lot of food
f. to eat something very fast
g. to keep biting something
h. to reheat the food, usually in a microwave
i. to buy something while going somewhere
j. to stop eating something
k. to eat less of something
l. to cook something very quickly
m. to stop eating something

Introduction to the video

A. Read the questions and answers below and guess the answer, then watch the video and choose the
best alternative for each question.
1. The narrator says, Everything is bigger in America. Weve got the biggest
Circle the words that he says.
a. cars
b. houses
c. dogs
d. yards
e. food
f. companies
g. beaches
h. people
2. About how many Americans does the narrator say are overweight or obese?
a. 100,000
b. 10,000,000
c. 100,000,000
d. 150,000,000
3. About what percent of Americans are overweight or obese?
a. 66 %
b. 6 %
c. 16 %

d. 60 %

4. Which state is the fattest state in the U.S.?

a. Mississippi
b. West Virginia

c. New York

5. Which state in the U.S. is the narrator from?

a. Mississippi
b. West Virginia

c. New York

6. Did he eat out as a child?

a. Yes

b. No

7. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. What is the first leading cause of
preventable death?
a. smoking
b. high blood pressure
c. car accidents
8. How many deaths are related to obesity?
a. 400,000
b. 40,000

c. 100,000

9. In 2002, two girls sued McDonalds for their obesity. The first girl was 14 years old. How big was she?
a. 4 10 / 170 pounds
b. 4 / 180 pounds
c. 4 10 / 177 pounds
9. The other girl was 19 years old. How big was she?
a. 56 / 170 pounds
b. 5 6 / 210 pounds

c. 5 6 / 270 pounds

10. How many Americans visit a fast food restaurant in one day?
a. 14,000
b. 25%


11. How many McDonalds restaurant are there in the world?

a. 30,000
b. 3,000

c. 300,000

12. In how many countries in the world can you find a McDonalds?
a. 100
b. 1,000
c. 10
13. How many people in the world eat at a McDonalds in one day?
a. 46 million
b. 47 billion
c. 47 million
14. Where can you find a McDonalds? Circle at least 4 answers. There are 8 correct answers.
a. Walmarts
b. airports
c. gas stations
d. train stations
e. churches
f. rest stops
g. swimming pools
h. amusement parks
i. department stores j. hospitals
k. truck stops
l. skyscrapers
15. The 2 girls did not win when they sued McDonalds. McDonalds lawyers said that they know McDonalds
food is dangerous, but they dont know if thats why the girls are obese. The lawyers said that if someone could
eat McDonalds almost every day, they may be able to show that McDonalds is bad for their health. How long will
the narrator eat only McDonalds?
a. 30 days
b. 30 weeks
c. 3 weeks
16. How many doctors did the narrator ask to help him with his experiment?
a. 1
b. 3
c. 5

While watching the video

A. Read following questions below. Then watch the video and choose the best answers for each
1. How many Americans eat a meal in a fast food restaurant daily? ______________________
2. If we consider this project an experiment, why did Morgan make several doctors visits
before he started this project?
3. In general what is Morgans health status at the beginning of this project?
4. What effects do the doctors think this diet will have on Morgan?
5. How many McDonalds are in Manhattan alone? ___________________________________
Is that a lot? ________________________________________________________________
6. What does Morgans girlfriend do? ______________________________________________

7. List 4 ways that McDonalds markets directly to children?

1. ________________________________________________________________________
2. ________________________________________________________________________
3. ________________________________________________________________________
4. ________________________________________________________________________
8. What has happened to the rate of obesity in children and teens in the U.S. in recent years?
9. How does Morgan feel after his first Supersize meal? _______________________________
Why do you think this happened? _______________________________________________
10. One of the scientists interviewed refers to us eating and living in a toxic environment.
What does he mean?
11. Why are they repeatedly comparing cigarette smokers and overweight people?

12. What is the fattest state? Which city? __________________________________________

13. How much weight does Morgan gain in 5 days? ___________________________________
14. What is the general health of Morgans liver after this project? ________________________
15. On day 21, what do Morgans doctors tell him to do? _______________________________

Why? _____________________________________________________________________
16. What are the results of Morgans final weigh in? ___________________________________
17. What was the result of the McDonalds lawsuit court case? Do you agree or disagree with
the ruling? Explain.
18. How long does it take Morgan to lose all the weight he gained in this 30-day project?

After watching the video

A. Read following questions below and discuss them in groups. Teacher will guide the activity comparing
the answers from the different groups.
What can be done to reduce the obesity problem in the Chile?
How often do you eat fast food? Do you feel you could stop? Why or why not?
Did this movie change your view of fast food? Did this movie change your view of your own
eating habits?
Should fast food companies be held responsible for the obesity problem in the US?
Do you think this school offers a nutritious meal? How would you change it?
Do you believe that people can have food addictions?
Does our society promote an unhealthy attitude toward food?