Don 't Blame The Eater Essay

764 Words Oct 14th, 2016 4 Pages
In his essay “Don’t Blame the Eater,” David Zinczenko warns the consumer about the dangers of fast food, agreeing that it is bad for one’s body. Through his argument, he shows his reader that the consumer is not necessarily at fault—the food industry is the true culprit here. His use of questions throughout the text, along with personal narrative, imagery, and his tone, Zinczenko is able to effectively argue against the manipulation of the food industry.

Zinczenko asks questions throughout the piece to relay his arguments and guide the reader to what he believes to be actually true. He begins his argument by asking a question to get the reader thinking about the true fault of obesity: is it simply the consumer or is there another force affecting these children? He asks the question: is the case of children who sue McDonald’s for their obesity the same as the case of middle-aged men suing Porsche for their speeding tickets? (392). In other words, he points out the absurdity of the men suing someone else for something that was their own fault, but he also raises the point that these children may not be to blame for what is supposedly their fault. With this question, he asks is it really that absurd? The next question he asks pertains to fast-food restaurants: “shouldn’t we know better than to eat two meals a day in fast-food restaurants?” He raises the question of accessibility and affordability of food. He asks, “where, exactly, are consumers—particularly teenagers—supposed…

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