The article “Junking Junk Food”, by Judith Warner, is one that explains two sides to the national obesity problem in the United States. She starts her article by talking about Sarah Palin's objections to the “Obama nanny state” which she believes is out to infringe upon the peoples right to eat whatever they please (401). Glenn Beck is also cited in her paper as objecting to the idea of government regulation. His anger over the issue includes reports of government health inspectors shutting down a 7 year old's lemonade stand (401). With about two-thirds of Americans being obese, the Obama administration has been fighting hard to help Americans with the issue of obesity.
Reinforcing this argument, the writer claims that athletes are ‘spruiking’ fast food products. This evokes the concept that devious and unprincipled individuals are representing our community, stimulating concurrence in the reader. Valenzuela suggests that as a result of this negligent attitude by athletes, ‘Australia is one of the fattest nations on earth’. This rational statement is directed at all Australians to prompt awareness to the urgency of the obesity epidemic. Subsequently, the writer presents the plausible benefits where ‘our cricket heroes repudiate fast food sponsorship’ and engage in ‘health promotional’ practices.
False advertising is also another unpleasant practice that fast food companies use to lure in costumers. Some of these practices include no warning labels on advertisements like there are on dangerous things like tobacco and confusing labels on food served that lead customers into eating more calories than intended. David Zinczenko advocates that it is some of the fast food companies fault for the decline in America’s general health. At the end, David chooses not to complain about the legalities, but instead encourages us to let the justice system do its work. In the article David Zinczenko discusses “Shouldn't we know better than to eat two meals a day in fast-food restaurants” we the people of America should know by now that it is
Suzy Woodell Johnston 6/7 In Class Write Analysis: Introduction December 14, 2011 In the book Fast Food Nation by investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, he introduces his thoughts full speed ahead and gives many facts and commentary to make the reader agree with his point of view that fast food is indeed a horrible trend right now in society. Schlosser’s intent in this section is to make the audience sit back and realize just how terrible fast food is and its effects on our world today. Schlosser discusses that even young, adolescent children are drawn so firmly towards the industry, “a survey of American school children found that 96 percent could identify Ronald McDonald. The only fictional character with a higher degree of recognition was Santa Claus. The golden arches are now more widely recognized than the Christian cross” (Schlosser 4-5).
Jessica Ely Professor Lawrence ENGL1020 20 September 2012 Blame the Eater As Americans we are always hearing “don’t blame yourself for being obese blame the government.” Balko begins his essay with telling us that Time magazine and ABC News will host a three-day talk on obesity. The author says that the “summit promises to be a pep rally for media, nutrition activists, and policy makers” (395). Responsibility and government control over health care is the issue that Radly Balko tackles in “What You Eat Is Your Business”. The author argues that Americans are not taking responsibility for their eating habits and making it the general publics health problem. Balko feels that the issue of being obese should be your own problem and not the entire United States, and the government should not get “between us and our waistline”.
Oscar Mayer Bacon Ad Analysis Over the last decade, the United States as a nation has become obsessed with health. With obesity rates on the rise, healthful eating is a popular trend. As many people are aware, bacon is not “heart healthy” or “low calorie” but quite the opposite. Oscar Mayer fits into a group of food manufacturers who market products that are by no means good for one’s health. Because the Food and Drug Administration regulates the claims made about foodstuffs, these companies are forced to be creative and come up with witty advertising techniques.
Pollan wants to know how we lost our way. For him, America reached a new level of absurdity in 2002, when the Atkins diet saw a resurgence and, almost overnight, carbohydrates became dietary villains (replacing fat as our nutritional enemy number one). Pollan hypothesizes that any culture that could change its eating habits on a dime must have some sort of eating disorder because such a thing “never would have happened in a culture in possession of deeply rooted traditions surrounding food and eating.” (2) After all, why do Americans — unlike people in most other countries in the world — rely on the government to come up with dietary goals to tell them what to eat? Why do we choose our meals on the “food pyramid” — which itself changes every few years and is often dependent more on politics than on science? Why do we pay more attention to the percentages of vitamins in our breakfast than we do to its taste, or substitute “nutrition bars” for meals?
Big Food, Big Money, Big Arguments In the mist of the recent backlash against big multi-national corporations there has also been a growing movement against Big Food and a call to bring back real food into schools and homes. A few blogs and online new magazines have written a few entries and articles trying to shine a light on what the American public is actually eating. The Blog of Bruce Bradley is a blog written by Bruce Bradley who is a former food industry marketer with over fifteen years of experience at big food companies such as General Mill, Pillsbury, and Nabisco. Bradley uses his blog to inform readers on how Big Food uses clever marketing to persuade the consumer to buy more processed food and create the perception of how that
But behind the great tasting food and the happy television ads are some very unpleasant news. In Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, the author, Eric Schlosser, investigates the dirty and secret
P America’s Obesity Crisis Obesity has plagued America. Poor food choices and sedentary lifestyles are two accelerants which continue to fuel this fire. I view this as a lack of responsibility of ones self. As adults, we need to be held accountable for the choices we make. While fast food is convenient and sometimes even more affordable than preparing a meal at home, overindulgence in such behavior is directly linked to adverse health problems.