Don 't Blame The Eater Essay

947 Words Oct 1st, 2015 4 Pages
In his essay “Don’t Blame the Eater” David Zinczenko brings to our attention that today’s kids are in trouble. In fact their trouble is the ongoing obesity epidemic. Zinczenko brings to light that American children are becoming more obese due to their lack of education about fast food. In studies that Zinczenko found, diabetes generally affected 5 percent of children before 1994. He adds that today’s studies, by the National Institutes of Health, show that type 2 diabetes now accounts for 30 percent of these cases. This study tells us that obesity and related health issues are on the rise in an alarming rate. Zinczenko further claims that the Center for Disease Control estimated 2.6 billion dollars spent on diabetic healthcare in America in 1969. These studies add that today’s diabetic numbers are now costing us 100 billion dollars per year. Zinczenko is not just telling us he is showing us that not only is it unhealthy; it is also very costly. Zinczenko encourages us to “[d]rive down any thoroughfare in America, and I guarantee you’ll see one of our country’s more than 13,000 McDonald’s restaurants.” And then to “[d]rive back up the block and try to find someplace to buy a grapefruit.” He targets teenagers with this quote and expresses concern about the lack of healthy food varieties for them. That teenagers start to go out on their own to discover their own choices when it comes to food. Zinczenko also states the concern about the absence of nutritional…

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