Balko stated, “If policymakers want to fight obesity, they’ll halt the socialization of medicine, and move to return individual Americans’ ownership of their own health and well-being back to individual Americans. That means freeing insurance companies to reward healthy lifestyles, and penalize poor ones” (397-398). Balko shows that he supports the Americans taking responsibility of their own health than having the government intervene because it will eventually take away certain freedoms and liberties that other responsible Americans deserved. Balko shows two point views for those people who work hard and make good healthy decisions should enjoy the benefits of requiring less medical attention, and for those that make poor health decisions that result in obesity and requiring more medical helps should be responsible for it. This way, everybody is held to their own actions, which likely would cause people to make better choices in general, and not only regarding
By listing the main points used by the food industry when approached with criticism, it allows Brownell and Nestle to rebut it later in their essay. With their counterargument they also use morality. “Why quarrel with the personal-responsibility argument? First, it’s wrong” (Brownell and Nestle 525). The morality of the issue definitely helps to convince readers that the government holds the responsibility on obesity.
Their conclusion surprised the designers as much as their sponsor: they determined that promoting the concept of a “foodshed” — a diversified, regional food economy — could be the key to improving the American diet. All of which suggests that passing a health care reform bill, no matter how ambitious, is only the first step in solving our health care crisis. To keep from bankrupting ourselves, we will then have to get to work on improving our health — which means going to work on the American way of eating. But even if we get a health care bill that does little more than require insurers to cover everyone on the same basis, it could put us on that course. For it will force the industry, and the government, to take a good hard look at the elephant in the room and galvanize a
As far as healthier affordable alternatives, you pass just as many Subways, Jimmy Johns or Panera’s as you would a McDonalds. In this essay I will attempt to counter Zinczenko’s arguments by providing other alternatives for individuals who desire to eat healthier, explain why I feel filing a lawsuit against the vendors is really a way to place blame where it isn’t due. I will explain that Zinczenko bases his arguments based on his own personal situation and not sources such as surveys or polls. In conclusion I hope to explain how people themselves are to blame for their obesity. I will show how you do blame the Eater!!
I certainly do believe that cows should be treated for real food and not focused on overproducing and fixated on money. I wish I can say that us human’s should have full responsibility on our food due to the fact that our so called government is controlling our food. The FDA is letting meat pass that shouldn’t be passed. I would suggest that humans have the right to know every little detail of what we are consuming. It’s absolutely not right for someone higher than us to control our food.
They must take responsibility for their health and well-being, and stand up for what is right and necessary. There has to be balance between the two. For instance, in our reading by Radley Balko, “What You Eat Is Your Business,” he states that it is entirely up to an individual to make the right choices, and that too much government interference is contributing to the problem. He’s right, but not in the way he presents it. The government is interfering in exactly the wrong way, that is to say, they advocate for the very issues that makes America fat, such as allowing pharmaceutical companies to thrive off of our obesity related illnesses and allowing companies like Monsanto to poison our food and limit our options for healthy fruits and
It spreads the risk making the cost per person less. It is natural for one company to put all its employees in a group so they can all get insurance at a reduced cost than if they bought insurance as individuals. At 3/05/2012 10:19 PM, ws4whgfb said... Why single out medical care? Food is more essential to life than medical care. Why not exempt the cost of food from taxes if provided by the employer?
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
Advocates for the poor however, say that if you only test people on welfare, then you are single them out. If you are going to test people on welfare then they say that all government officials should be tested as well. They also believe that by not allowing them to get benefits you are also making them harder to attain food but at the same time not giving them treatments. Advocates for the poor strongly believe that there should be an increase of treatments for people who use drugs instead of trying to criminalize them and punishing them without helping
The video outlined the effects of people choosing to eat unhealthy foods, and how even Bittman falls into this group. He starts his presentation by going about 100 years back in time and showing how people truly worked the land, and made a living(food wise) for themselves. As the years progressed less people farmed their own food and more reliant on large corporations to process their food and sell in supermarkets, and even fast food restaurants. Bittman's main argument throughout the presentation was to make healthier eating choices, and to even change the way you think about what is going into your own body. This was the bulk of the presentation.