American Obesity Essay

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American Obesity: It’s the Parents’ Fault There is no question that fast food is one of the most available items in the United States and is not nutritious by any mean. Daniel Weintraub, author of an editorial found in The Sacramento Bee called “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in the Home,” expresses an opinion that is represented by the title of his article. He claims that parents provide access for their children to this food and in turn teach them poor eating habits. Even author David Zinczenko asks, “What ever happened to personal responsibility?” Preventing obesity is in the hands of each individual and the poor eating habits instilled into the minds of the average American child by their parents. Fast food companies are running a business and should not be punished for selling products that are completely legal and fine for an individual to eat. Fast food companies know that they are not providing the world’s healthiest food; but like all ingestible products sold in the US, there are nutrition facts available, by federal law, for consumers to view. Like any other dangers in life, fast food is fine in moderation according to about 95% of American nutritionists. Like any other restaurant, there is an option to go everyday, but fast food should not be penalized for being readily available, inexpensive, and convenient. Although the government regulates many American health issues, it is not the government’s job to make food choices for each individual. The government should require public schools to provide healthy food choices in cafeterias, but it is not the responsibility of the government to regulate fast food advertisement. If any parent is unhappy with public school food choices, they always have the option to pack their child a lunch and withhold lunch money so their children do not have access to the unhealthy snacks in the unreformed school
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