Essay on What You Eat Is Your Business

830 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
“Who is to Blame?” America has an obesity epidemic that is growing year after year. According to the CDC, more than one third 34.9 percent or 78.6 million U.S adults are obese, and it continues to grow. In the CDC records, people who are obese usually have type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, asthma, heartburn and other digestive and mental health problems. The author, David Zinczenko, in his article “Don’t Blame the Eater” thinks that fast food restaurants do not have alternative foods and are not labeling their food products. Then there is Radley Balko, author of the article, “What You Eat is Your Business”, believes that lawmakers should allow insurance companies to charge a higher premium on obese people for their unhealthy eating habits. After reading both articles, I disagree with Zinczenko’s idea of fast food restaurants not having fast food alternatives because fast food chains do have other alternative, and they also label their food products so the consumers know what they are eating. Then there is Balko, with who I do agree that obese people should pay a higher premium because taxpayers should not be responsible for obese people’s eating habits. Knowledge is power; the more the consumers know about the food his or she are eating the healthier choices they well make. For instance, McDonald’s Grilled Honey Mustard Snack Wrap and a small French fry, are around $6.00 and contains 420 calories 24g of fat (6.0g saturated).If one were to compare…

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