The Ohio Wesleyan Vegetarian Club screened the documentary Supersize Me Wednesday, Feb. 11 as a way to raise awareness of fast food industry practices.
One of the main goals of the Vegetarian Club is to educate other students about the impact food has on the human body.
Sophomore Becca Manning, president of Vegetarian Club, and her fellow members have considered putting a screening together for a while now. They started doing research on what they wanted to show and it came down to Supersize Me and another documentary titled Food Inc.
“Food Inc. is a bit more educational and it goes into more detail about plant-based diets and diseases that can be prevented through a plant-based diet,” Manning said. “But we decided to go with this documentary because it resonates so well with the college student community.”
The main purpose of this showing was to show students how big of a role food plays in their lives and how foods dictate so many other aspects of health besides just body composition.
The audience reactions were very similar. Many people discussed how disgusting the fast food process is and how terrible the current obesity epidemic is.
“After seeing it for the first time, I have not eaten fast food since,” said freshman Miranda Anthony, public relations advisor for the club.
“I have been a vegetarian my entire life so a lot of this stuff is new to me,” freshman Izzy Taylor said. “My parents would always refuse to get us those fast food toys, because those really work. I think that is the worst part, in a lot of lower income neighborhoods, the safest form of entertainment and play is in those McDonald’s playhouses.”
Vegetarian Club meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center for dinner.