What You Eat Is Your Business, By Radley Balko Essay

1219 Words Sep 22nd, 2015 null Page
Food, a “nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth.” (Dictionary.com) The foundation of all life substance is food. To deprive ourselves from these essential nutrients would immediately lead towards advert repercussions and quite possibly cease life as we know it. People everywhere understand the importance of food, but our mistake was not acknowledging this crucial aliment. Our controversy lies in altering our groceries, expanding our waistline and debilitating ourselves to prone illnesses.
In the articles “Don’t Blame the Eater” by David Zinczenko and “What You Eat Is Your Business” by Radley Balko, the authors attempt to literally tackle a big problem, obesity. Zinczenko and Balko both agree that it is an imperative health epidemic across the states; however, they’re opinions differ on how to address the issue.
In the article “What You Eat Is Your Business,” Balko recognizes that there is an obesity crisis but denies that the issue be termed “public health”. He believes in accountability and responsibility; what we choose to eat or not, should be our own matter. Balko also warns consumers of the repercussions that come along with government interference; “If the government is paying for my anti-cholesterol medication, what incentive is there for me to put down the cheeseburger?”( Balko) He argues that the people choosing to consume chips, sodas and other types of “junk food,” are the ones…

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