Rhetorical Analysis Of Don T Blame The Eater

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America has easily become one of the most obese countries in the world, due to the overwhelming consumption of fast food. Whether fast food is controlled by the government or not, and whether it is the consumer’s choice to eat fast food or not, there is no question that obesity is a serious health issue in the United States. David Zinczenko author of “Don’t Blame the Eater”, believes that producers of fast food are the ones to blame for obesity. On the other hand, Radley Balko author of “What You Eat Is Your Business”, believes the consumer should be held accountable for their own eating habits. David Zinczenko and Radley Balko both argue that obesity is a problem in the United States. However, both authors have different views on who is to blame.

When it comes to fast food, almost anywhere you turn there is a restaurant in every corner. Zincenko believes fast food restaurants are to blame for obesity, as it is a convenient option. He goes on
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Zinczenko chooses to use self-reference stating, “By age 15, I had packed 212 pounds of torpid teenage tallow on my once lanky 5-foot-10 frame” (Zinckenko 392). By doing this he earns the readers emotional appeal, as some readers might have been or are obese. Readers may find themselves agreeing with the changes Zinczenko wants to see made, and even take some action themselves. Readers are able to relate more to someone who has actually gone through and conquered obesity. On the other hand, Balko relies on the use of ethos to gain the readers trust. Balko’s essay was published in Cato.org, “a foundation that aims to promote the principles of “limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and peace” (Balko 395). This statement adds to Balko’s credibility as he supports exactly what he is arguing in this essay. Balko believes everyone is responsible for their own health without involving the

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