What You Eat Is Your Business Radley Balko Summary

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In today’s world of healthcare, obesity is the number one offender. In his article, “What You Eat Is Your Business,” Radley Balko argues that the approach the federal government is using to conquer obesity and health related issues is in fact inappropriate. The people of America, he states, have the capacity to maintain personal responsibility regarding these public matters. Balko develops this belief by incorporating what he believes to be ineffective and unnecessary strides the government has set in place by disagreeing with the enacted policies such as removing certain food items from schools and restaurants, claiming that the focus of authority figures ought to be in proposing methods to enhance the importance of responsibility of one’s…show more content…
Balko states, “Instead of manipulating or intervening in the array of food options available to American consumers, our government ought to be working to foster a sense of responsibility in and ownership of our own health and well-being,” (396). The federal government should have their focus on limiting access to unhealthy choices of food by maintaining strict policies for fast food restaurants, rather than enabling Americans to make their own choices. Personal responsibility permits Americans to eat as much as they please and to prolong this epidemic for years on end. In David Zinczenko’s article “Don’t Blame The Eater,” he provides a statistic further proving that the food industry needs to undergo serious modification. “Today, according to the Nation Institute of Health, Type 2 (obesity-related) diabetes account for at least 30 percent of all new childhood cases of diabetes in this country, (392). This clarifies that people do not have the ability to make healthy selections for themselves and their own children. Something needs to be set in place to eliminate this nation-wide problem as soon as possible by the means of authorities taking serious…show more content…
Radley Balko expresses his anti-government-interference, pro-personal-responsibility proposals, but his arguments will be too ineffective to attribute to the decline of obesity. For years, Americans have had every opportunity to choose what wanted to consume for years now, and it has caused this nation to grow wider, weigh more and suffer from chronic illnesses. I strongly believe that the federal government must interfere and strip this nation of unhealthy eating patterns and put into place new systems that demand the consumption of healthy

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