Don T Blame The Eater By David Zinzenko

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The article, “Don’t blame the eater,” is written by David Zinczenko (23 Nov. 2002).
Zinczenko (23 Nov 2003) claims in this article that he was overweight as a teenager because he only had fast food at his disposal; in the article he said there was usually a choice between
McDonalds, Taco Bell, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. He shared personal experiences that contributed to his obesity and weight loss journey: He stated that his parents divorced when he was a child, and his single mother did not have time to cook for them. After he graduated from high school, we attended college, and later joined the Navy Reserves. By making these life choices, he said was able to learn valuable lessons in health and fitness that helped him shed his excess weight,
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Zinczenko (23 Nov 2003) wrote the article “Don’t blame the eater,” in support of teenagers today who are suing fast food restaurants for “making them fat.” He argues that Fast Food restaurants make prepared food, and are not required by the FDA (Food and Drug
Administration) to have nutritional labels. Although the nutritional information is available upon request, it is not easily understood. He also argues that the healthy choices offered by Fast Food restaurants isn’t actually healthy. He closes his argument by saying that Fast Food chains should protect themselves from lawsuits by having nutritional labels that are easier to understand, and giving customers the information needed to make an informed choice. While Zinczenko (23 Nov
2003) makes some good points, there are other factors to consider when discussing the harms of eating Fast Food, and who is to blame for its consumption.
Is Fast Food to Blame
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The fast-food epidemic is growing, and more Americans are turning to the convenience of having a premade meal that takes minutes to purchase. The convenience of these premade meals mask the caloric intake that can lead to several health risks such as: clogged
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Eating at a fast-food is the same as eating anywhere else, they just do not offer as many healthy choices. That is a known fact. The last thing that he covers is a rise in diabetes in children. He backs up his claim by stating, “ Before 1994, diabetes in children was generally caused by a genetic disorder, only about 5 percent of child hood cases were obesity related, or type 2 diabetes. Today according to the National Institutes of Health, Type 2 diabetes account for at least 30 percent of all new child hood cases of diabetes in this country.”
This may have become a problem in America, but I don’t really feel it is fair to blame that on fast-food. There is plenty of food sold in grocery stores that is just as bad, if not worse, than the food provided in a fast food restaurants. We cannot possibly blame them for the entire diabetes epidemic in children. If anything the parents are to blame. They are responsible for those children’s well-being, not the local McDonalds.
I feel David Zinczenko (23 Nov 2003) was trying to do raise awareness by writing this article, and while he makes good points, he does not take into account the factors other than

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