Dont Blame The Eater

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“Don’t Blame the Eater” In the article “Don’t Blame the Eater,” David Zinczenko claims that children’s lives today are taking a slow turn from being more nutritional to becoming more obese as the years pass by. Many single working parents work long hours and aren’t able to supervise their children with the nutritional aid that they need. Instead, they insist on low cost, high calorie foods to make ends meet. Zinczenko remind us that he was overweight as a child himself living with a single parent, but there could been other observations of food could’ve been chosen, instead of Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and other fast food places. Children need guidance in developing social competency to meet need, deal with stress, accept themselves for their strengths and weaknesses, and recognize how the media and popular culture influence their decisions. Lawsuits have been made over the year against these fast food places blaming them for their children’s obesity. They suggest that if there were healthier food choices and food labels on the food then maybe the obesity rate wouldn’t be so high. While he has valid points, he overlooks the personal viewpoint of the parents and their own self responsibility. Zinczenko claims that “Many single parents claim that working long hours and having low income contributes to why their children eat the way they do” (153). Since children aren’t getting enough attention and care from parents many children turn to food for comforting. Children are away from their parents and have to make their own decisions when it comes to dinner time. They take the easy way out and order high calorie foods at cheaper prices. Their choices of fast food diets are poorly based on the amount of money parents give their children. For example, instead of ordering a side salad on a dollar menu at MacDonald’s they order a mac double. As Zinczenko says, “Shouldn’t we know

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