Daniel Weintraub, in his article, "The battle against fast food begins in the home", states that parents are to blame for childhood obesity. The essence of Weintraub's argument is that it is the parents responsibility not the government, nor are the fast food companies bound to teach kids how to eat healthy and how to say active. He also mentioned results of statistics made on social economic status and gender, which shows that more kids are overweight due to fast food restaurants, supersizing and lack of exercise. Weintraub refutes these findings by emphasizing how parents are responsible for what their kids eat. As a result, his own recommendations include: limiting the consumption of sodas, junk food as well as avoiding a sedentary lifestyle.
According to Pierce Hollingsworth (2004), the parents and school should not blame the food marketing for being the main cause of obesity rather than teaching and helping the kids to have good habit of eating. He thought that the responsibilities of the parents and schools were important for educating childhood obesity. However, there are so many problems with his arguments. He did not think about the bad effects of advertising on kids. For example, the food marketing companies usually uses the attractive poster about fast food to get the attention of the kids.
It explains that we as parents not only have to fight against the media advertising the junk food commercials, but now we must fight against the public school system serving the poor choices in the school lunches. The author, Dr. Joseph Esposito is founder and developer of AlignLife Netraceauticals. The audience will most likely be parents concerned with their child’s health and well being. Overall, I like and agree with the information in the article. Galenet.galegroup.com “Health and Fitness Across the Curriculum.” Paperclip Communications (2005).
| Evidence | The government has given us the choice to eat what we want but we tend not to eat healthier but only junk food. The federal School was issued a new, healthier lunch dietary guideline. First lady Michelle Obama helps students from Washington with eating healthier in the schools. “Marion Nestle is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. Billions of dollars in advertising messages, food sold everywhere-in gas stations, vending machines, libraries and stores that sell clothing, books, office supplies, cosmetics and drugs-and huge portions of food at bargain prices (Par 7).” | Explanation (how it supports your argument) | If they wouldn’t sell junk food everywhere people go.
We have a crisis on our hands with childhood obesity on the rise. Two main causes for the fattening of our children are junk food and sugary sodas. Junk food and soda often take the place of healthy foods in our kids’ diets, something that most school systems should be ashamed of. School lunches are a cause of childhood obesity in America, at least in U-46 schools. In order to put an end to childhood obesity, the schools needs to prepare a healthy yet balanced diet for all kids, by serving them with good food that is full of nutrition.
Too much of a good thing Greg Crister has written an article about obesity in children in today’s world called Too much of a good thing. He argues that in order to stop obesity, we should stigmatize overeating. What he suggests is simple solution for a very difficult problem that many children in the United States are facing. This solution however is just too inhumane to put into practice. We are after all dealing with children and not lab animals.
In his article “Don't Blame the Eater” David Zinczenko has pointed out that all the fast food industries are the one responsible for making the children's in America fat and unhealthy. Zinczenko believes that the fast food centers aren't providing any kind of warnings about the effects and extra calories that a fast food can cause, instead they are eager to supply their so called “cheap and tasty fast food”. When he was young he had no choice except for eating at fast food centers as his mother was busy earning money to pay the bills because of which he ended up overweight. According to my view, I believe that it isn't the fast food industries who are to be blamed, it is the parents. Eventhough nowadays all the parents have to work long hours to earn their living but still they shouldn't forget their responsibility towards their children.
"Our government ought to be working to foster a personal sense of responsibility for our health and well-being. "(p.561) This quote by Balko can strike a nerve in some as it did me, true indeed I do strongly agree that everyone should take a personal sense of responsibility, but at the same time, what about those who can't do anything for themselves because their morbid obesity henders them from doing things as little as moving in a certain direction. " State legislatures and school board have begun banning snacks and sodas from school campuses and vending machines."(p. 561) I remember I was only in about
When you eat in this way, your body will stabilize at its natural weight. 2)Myth: I can stop my body from adding fat cells by eating less. Fact: Around puberty, girls will find that their bodies develop fat around their hips, thighs and buttocks. This is supposed to happen, even though there is much pressure in our culture to stay thin. When you try to stop this process by restricting your food intake, especially during adolescence, your body is programmed to think that you will not be prepared for child-bearing years.
It’s not fair to say that McDonald’s can’t advertise Coke to kids, but Walmart can. Burger King won’t be able to offer kid meals, but Chili’s would. How does that help? 3) Parents must take responsibility and have the right to choose what their children eat. The children are not driving themselves through the drive thru, and the children aren’t forking over cash for it.