The Fast Food Industry Is Responsible For The Health And Obesity Epidemic

827 Words Nov 16th, 2016 4 Pages
In his article, “Don’t Blame the Eater” David Zinczenko believes that the fast food industry is responsible for the health and obesity epidemic in America. He argues that there are not many healthy alternatives to fast food for consumers, “particularly teenagers” to buy food. He goes further to state that some fast food companies are misleading and confusing consumers on the calorie information provided for the food sold at their establishments. He is correct about the fast food companies misleading consumers to buy their food. But I do not agree, that the fast food industry is responsible for the health and obesity epidemic. The fast food industry does not force anyone to eat their unhealthy food. It is the consumers responsible to know what you are eating and if it is healthy for you.
In Zinczenko’s article he uses his personal experience of growing up living in a single parent home were his mother worked long hours struggling to make ends meet, he claims, “Lunch and dinner, for me, was a daily choice between McDonald 's, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Pizza Hut. Then as now, these were the only available options for an American kid to get an affordable meal.”(462) This may have been his life, but it is not true for many children growing up in the same conditions as Zincenko. Some parents are unable to provide money to their children to purchase fast food for lunch or dinner. Therefore, parents have alternatives rather than to send your child to a fast food…

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