Don 't Blame The Eater Essay

1579 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
In “Don’t Blame the Eater,” David Zinczenko warns the consumer about the dangers of eating fast food because it is a main cause of childhood obesity. Zinczenko states that he can relate to the kids suing McDonald’s because as a kid he gained a lot of weight from eating fast food. Many children live in families where it is hard to get an affordable healthy meal when in a hurry and away from home. Many parents go for the cheaper options like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Taco Bell because the drive through is easier and faster. He also goes on to say that these fast food chains tend to leave out the nutritional facts for the food they are selling. They don’t advertise the risks of eating their food or put the calorie information on the packaging, which would allow the consumer to make an informed decision when decided where and what to eat. Although having healthier options and the nutrition facts on packaging would be easier, many people like Radley Balko would disagree with Zinczenko. In “What You Eat Is Your Business,” Balko states that it should be a personal responsibility to choose what to eat and when to exercise. He argues that diet, exercise, and personal health should be kept personal and it is not the government 's job to overcome. He believes that instead of taking away school vending machines and demanding labels on packaging, the government should be pushing us to take ownership of our health. Although Zinczenko and Balko wrote about similar topics,…

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