Schools across the country have already begun to make changes to the health options they offer on the schools campuses. Some senators have created what they call a “fat tax” which it’s supposed to be a tax on food with high caloric content. Balko states that Congress is considering menu-labeling as its new project to force restaurants to send all their items for analysis at laboratories. All of this according to Balko is the incorrect way to deal with the problem. He thinks instead of forcing companies to change the way they do their business, such as changing the food options available, our
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.
He insists they would not eat as much if they knew that it was bad for them or if the industry put nutrition labels on their food. My outlook on this topic varied significantly from that of Zinczenko’s. I feel that it is not the fault of the fast food company. Neither would I put blame on the younger children who eat fast food. I would put most of the culpability on the parents who do not teach their kids how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and buy their children unhealthy food. I disagree completely that we as Americans suffer from lack of information about nutrition in fast food.
Tate Roll Period 2 10/9/09 In the article “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in the Home” by Daniel Wientraub the author states that childhood obesity has been declared as a state of emergency. The Author believes that it is parents, not children, who are to blame for childhood obesity. I agree with the author's statement that parents are to blame for childhood obesity because I have witnessed it within my own family. The article states that teenagers have been filing law suits blaming McDonald's for their health problems. But what these kids do not know is that their parents are actually the ones to blame.
We could even lower the cost of health care in the future as well. Unhealthy eating habits contribute to health problems such as diabetes, Madden 3 Obesity and heart problems. The eating habits that cause these problems are our negligence in every way and we must control them at all costs. We have to hold ourselves accountable rather than blaming some fast food place and take control of our lives. We can’t sue Wal Mart for selling us an unlimited amount of chocolates, so why can we consider suing due to the fact that we have consumed too many calories from a meal we purchased at some fast food establishment?
In fact, it is more so a problem than in other countries. Francine Prose tries to decipher the various reasons why obesity has grown to the forefront of problems associated with today. The author explains that society gives too much to people in terms of different variety of food. There is food around us all the time and it is very tempting not to eat it, “schools and employers might forbid the sale of junk food on campus and in offices” (Prose 212), which is hard to image that this can be done. The author suggests that society should stop giving people junk food and it can help stop obesity.
the article "What You Eat Is Your Business" (2004), author Radley Balko suggests that instead of having the Government control what people eat, the people should take it upon themselves to having a "sense of responsibility and ownership for personal health and well being” (158). Balko supports his claims with the socialized healthcare system in America; all the medicine for health problems related to obesity is paid for, leaving the unhealthy individual with nothing to worry about. The author’s purpose is to convince the reader that these measures are not efficient and that the government needs to foster the people into taking responsibility of one’s own health and not anyone else’s. The article by Balko is trying to address everyone about
He viewed the problems of fast food causing obesity as being more toward person responsibility. As he sees it, people are now bringing “government between you and your waistline.” This is backed up by politicians across the chart. George Bush marked “$200 million in his budget for anti-obesity measures.” With the government as talking about creating a fat-tax on foods with high calories. He believes that this is not the way to go. His thoughts lean toward having the government more involved with creating a sense of personal responsibility of our own health and the way we eat.
I believe that David Zinczenko in his article submitted to the New York Times “Don’t Blame The Eater” makes a good case for how society should be concerned about a generation facing a lifetime of childhood obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart diseases and other related health complications. However I find that I feel personal responsibility should be the governing factor in this matter. Mr. Zinczenko asks in his article “ Shouldn’t we know better than to eat two or more meals a day in a fast food restaurant? ” Yes we should because although specific warning labels aren’t found on fast food packaging we’ve known for years that fast food consumption on a daily basis is hazardous to your health. There’s information readily available about childhood obesity as stated in Zinczenko’s article where he notes that “Before 1994, diabetes in children was generally caused by genetic disorder-only about 5 percent of childhood cases were obesity-related, or Type 2 diabetes.
In “The battle against fast food begins in the home” by Daniel Weintraub he is stating that parents are at fault for children’s obesity and their eating habits. Weintraub also says that the food companies shouldn’t be blamed for people gaining weight and becoming unhealthy by eating their food all the time. In this article Weintraub is blaming the parents which in my opinion is correct for him to do that because parents should teach their children what to eat and what not to eat. I don’t understand how people could blame a food company for making them fatter. That is absurd; if people don’t want to gain weight then they shouldn’t eat there or allow their children to eat there if they are going to complain about it.