Don 't Blame The Eater Essay

1021 Words Jan 9th, 2016 5 Pages
In “Don’t Blame the Eater”, David Zinczenko advocates for the obese teenager’s plight by placing blame on the fast food companies. He describes his sympathies by giving a glimpse into his own story as a once obese teenager and claims that it is the companies lack of disclosure and warning and a lack of alternatives, not the parents lack of presence or teenagers’ self control, that is causing obesity. Though I agree with Zinczenko to a point, I can’t help but think that his position is too simple. Of course fast food can make you fat; we didn’t need him to tell us that, but obviously there is more behind the obesity epidemic. Zinczenko only comments on a lack of alternatives and a lack of disclosure from companies, expertly excusing personal responsibility and parental responsibility. However, even with both alternatives and disclosure present, the epidemic has barely budged.
One of Zinczenko’s largest complaints is the lack of alternatives to the food industry. “Drive down any thoroughfare in America and I guarantee you’ll see one of our countries more than 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants. Now drive back up the block and try to find someplace to buy a grapefruit.” But wait, how many people stood in line for hours for Black Friday sales, or drove hundreds of miles to visit some attraction? People will do a little extra for the things they find important, and shouldn’t food, the thing that keeps us alive, be one of the most important things to work for? Zinczenko cannot make an…

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