I found chapter five, “homeostasis: temperature, thirst, hunger, and eating”, to be very interesting because it explains why people act the way they do towards food. According to Deckers (2010), people like things sweet and fat but not too sweet and not too fat. Not only do we have a “sweet tooth” we also have a “fat tooth.” He also said that as the size of food portions increase, the amount eaten increases correspondently. For example, a small fry at a fast food restaurant now looks like a medium and a medium looks like a large; and because this is what is being sold, people are consuming it without any care. As a result more people are becoming unhealthy and obese. I remember a video that I watched in the 12th grade that is related to this topic and I thought it would be a good idea to share it. It is called “Supersize me”
“Super Size Me” depicts how fast food/ fast food restaurants contribute to the increasing crisis of obesity, when one’s body mass index (BMI) equals or exceeds 30, facing America. The documentary is about Morgan Spurlock, he ate three meals a day, only from McDonalds, for thirty days. If the clerk asked him if he would like the meal super sized, he had to say yes. By the end of the thirty days, he had to eat everything on the menu at least once. Additionally, he was not allowed to exercise and had to limit his walking to less that 5,000 steps per day. Before he started, Spurlock was seen by a general practitioner, a cardiologist, a gastroenterologist a nutritionist, and an exercise physiologist; all of which said his health was up to par and that he was in great shape. They also monitored him during the experiment to make sure he was not putting his health in danger. At the end of the documentary, Spurlock was in terrible condition. Along with being in pain, Spurlock was emotionally unstable. He encountered dysnea, developed hyperuricemia, had liver problems, sexual dysfunctions, became out of shape, and gained 24.5 pounds, a 13% BMI increase.
When I first watched the documentary it made me think twice about eating McDonalds and other unhealthy foods. I even vowed not to eat it again because of the negative affects it had on people. However, I continued to eat it because I figured I was fairly thin and needed to put on a few extra pounds. As I was watching the documentary for the second time, I started to contemplate whether McDonalds and other unhealthy foods were affecting my health and I came to the conclusion that they were. Since I have been in college, my health has been going downhill. Though the reason can be linked to anything, I thought it was mainly due to me not eating properly. I now know more than ever that not eating correctly can cause a lot of problems in the body and I definitely plan to start eating better.
Deckers, L. (2010). Motivation: biological, psychological, and environmental (3rd ed.). Boston, Mass.: Allyn & Bacon.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7Tv_mihMBA