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.
As many people would recognize, there is a rising obesity problem in America and there are many influences that could contribute to this. Fast food is not the healthiest choice but, they should not be to blame for making children obese. In David Zinczenko’s “Don’t Blame the Eater” he talks about how the obese population is blaming fast food companies for their health situations. He begins his argument with what he observes as a ridiculous headline, which is that kids are suing McDonalds for being fat. David starts by teasing these overweight individuals that are bring a lawsuit against McDonalds, but then later admits that he used to be overweight as a child and was able to change his life around.
Obesity has become a serious problem in America, including children. But who is to blame? Is it the kids, fast food, or the advertisements you see on television? Daniel Weintraub, author of “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in the Home”, states his opinion that it is the parents’ fault. I completely agree with Weintraub and believe that they should take more responsibility.
While some argued that it is the fault of food industries, and for some, fault of consumers, it can easily be resolved with two words: self-responsibility. Therefore, consumers are definitely the ones responsible for the current epidemic in this country. The first reason why consumers are responsible for America’s obesity epidemic is because consumers are the ones that choose what to eat and feed their children. There are many alternatives to fast food but most people rather not take their time to prepare for a healthier meal. In “The Battle against Fast Food Begins in Home”, author Daniel Weibtraub tries to convince parents to take a stand and fend off obesity in their homes.
In the article, “Don’t the Blame Eater”, David Zinczenko believes that the fast food industry is the main cause of obesity. Some years before 1994, children with diabetes were most commonly associated with genetic disorders. Since then, the cost of healthcare has peeked. Fast food may be the only option for children to get an affordable meal. Fast food restaurants often give false perceptions of their foods.
Fast Foods: Who's to Blame? Many people who consume junk food are blaming fast food restaurants for their obesity and the decisions they make. Shouldn't this be the consumer's responsibility? Or should fast food restaurants have to deal with the decisions the consumers make? The article, "The battle against fast food begins in the home" by Daniel Weintraub, explains how people are blaming McDonalds and other fast food restaurants such as Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut for their obesity.
Obesity is a matter to take in consideration at the very top level, as many people, young and adults are being affected by it. Whether there is a tax on sodas or not, many official experts in the public health field seem to agree that in fact obesity should be impeded and that should be the prior aim for everyone else (Huget). Both sides on the issue of soda taxing agree that obesity is an issue to handle with great deal of cautiousness, so that people can be less overweight and obese. According to a research, that represented and informed the nation that the treatments to treat obesity in the United States are in fact, $147 billion and hence, it has become an issue nation wide (Huget). While the supporters and the opposition agree on the matter of obesity and that it is a rather a universal problem, they also agree on the fact that financially the government is unstable.
Many people may not realize the seriousness or negative effects of obesity, however, the obesity can create many health problems in the long run and you can take simple steps to avoiding the extra calories and weight. Whether if it’s engaging in a physical activity instead of staying home and playing a game console, eating more fruits to create a balanced diet instead of going through a drive through, or even cooking more at home to avoid buying a greater amount of processed foods, this will all be small steps to creating a healthier lifestyle. Americans must become aware of the dangers of obesity and work together to get the world back to a healthier
Similarly the president of the United States signed ‘’calorie labels into law when he signed the health care act’’, the introduction of calorie labels made it compulsory for all restaurants and food manufacturers to add a calorie count to all the foods that they serve. These calorie counts impact Burger king both financially and competitively; since the no. of calories in different foods of Burger King would be made present to consumers, they would maybe be reluctant to purchase these foods due to the high amount of calories (which contributes to obesity), as a result the sales revenue of Burger King may drop and consumers might eat at restaurants, which have a lower no. of calories in their foods. So therefore the introduction of new laws impacts Burger King in many ways.