In “What You Eat Is Your Business,” Radley Balko tackles the issue of who is responsible for fighting obesity. Balko argues that the controversy of obesity should make the individual consumers culpable for their own health and not the government (467). As health insurers refrain from increasing premiums for obese and overweight patients, there is a decrease in motivation to keep a healthy lifestyle (Balko 467). As a result, Balko claims these manipulations make the public accountable for everyone else 's health rather than their own (467). Balko continues to discuss the ways to fix the issue such as insurance companies penalizing consumers who make unhealthy food choices and rewarding good ones (468). This forces the community to become responsible
A Global Problem through Rhetorical Eyes David Zinczenko, a nutrion and wellness editor of ABC news, portrayed a global problem to the public in a way that he could persuade them into agreeing with him that obesity is a problem that concerns all of humanity. He stated that obesity should not only concern the person suffering from it and the parents but all of humanity since it could happen to everyone. In fact, David Zinczenko himself suffered from obesity at an early age. Thankfully, he was able to turn his life around and use his situation in a way that he could help others not suffer what he did. Which is why he published the article, “Don’t Blame the Eater” in the opinion section of the New York Times and with that create knowledge of this
In both David Zinczenko’s “Don’t Blame The Eater” and “ Radley Balko’s “What You Eat is Your Business”, the argument of obesity in America is present and clear from opposing viewpoints. Both articles were written in the early 2000’s, when the popular political topic of the time was obesity and how it would be dealt by our nation in the future. While Zinczenko argues that unhealthy junk food is an unavoidable cultural factor, Balko presents the thought that the government should have no say in it’s citizens diet or eating habits. Zinczenko’s article was written with the rhetorical stratedgy of pathos in mind.
but= y some vegetables and fruits? No, they have the money; but, they rather buy junk food because how hard it is for their body to resist from it. Therefore, I implore that people shouldn’t blame themselves for becoming overweight, the junk food companies should be blamed for the addictive junk
This appeals to our physiological needs because naturally, humans need to eat food and to hear from a professional that there are other influences outside of food that are giving cause to the obesity crisis gives Americans a slight sigh of relief when it comes to the degree of toxicity of our foods. Furthermore, that people eat a more wholesome diet versus those that do not, tend to be healthier than that live on fast and processed foods,there are also stark differences to recognize between these classes that should be taken into account as well such as the tendency to engage in exercise, air quality, and other health considerations such as smoking and
Put Down That Cheeseburger! “What incentive is there for me to put down the cheeseburger?” asks Radley Balko in his article "What You Eat Is Your Business." He argues that, obesity does not belong in the public health crisis. He claims that obesity is not a problem that should be dealt at the cost of public money but should be dealt at a personal level by every individual.
Therefore, the government shouldn’t have any say in what we eat or what nutritional values we take in. One reason is that we don’t get enough nutrition. Another reason is that some kids go home hungry because they don’t get enough income from their homes to afford food. Lastly, obesity rates have only dropped a slight amount which is not enough to make a difference.
In the article “Food as Thought: Resisting the Moralization of Eating” by Mary Maxfield published in 2012 states that people’s knowledge about health, is more so based on culture or origin. Rather than what is actually healthy. She also claims that as a culture “we no longer discuss healthy eating without also discussing healthy weights. Due to Maxfield’s claim that as a culture, we do not make conscious dieting decisions about healthy foods and normal weight, I disagree with that for a few reasons. There are many people in America that are health conscious, and some people truly have their own knowledge about what is healthy weight and a healthy diet.
• The survey report on “What Americans Eat” was aired in the Early Morning Show, and editor Fran Carpentier tells co-anchor Harry Smith of CBS News the message of “we are eating is such a component of a healthy life and even may prevent health problems”. • CBS News report is trying to make people aware of what we are doing to ourselves by not watching what we are eating and should be very concerned.
In her article “Food as Thought: Resisting the Moralization of eating,” Sociologist Mary Maxfield claims that food is neither moral nor immoral, therefore, everyone can eat whatever they desire. Maxfield feels that everyone should trust their body and allow their mind to decide on what our body needs intake. On a daily basis our body needs the proper nutrients to function. But too much or too little nutrients can cause many illnesses or other problems that can be harmful and damaging to our body. However, Maxfield ignores the fact that eating whatever we want we may suffer the consequences of negative side effects.
In an article from national society they mention that the foods that are killing people slowly isn’t only the fast food or the high processed foods that is found in the grocery store but the extremely processed salts, and refined sugars. It is mentioned that because of that it can cause autoimmune diseases. Schlosser also mentions one of the diseases that are deadly if not treated properly, “ More than half of all American adults and about one-quarter of all American children are no obese or overweight”(240). All this had started since the late 1970’s and its still going on in this day in age, but many do not want to realize that it is something that n one should be proud of. Obesity happens because many people tend to consume fast food because it is the easiest option than taking time to make a nutritional meal.
The government, responsible for protect those it serves, allows the obesity rate to increase rapidly and seems to ignore the large issue at hand. The government prompts the obesity epidemic by allowing the food industry to violate codes while doing nothing in retaliation and focusing on greed rather than health. Eric A. Finkelstein and Laurie Zuckerman, authors of The Fattening of America: How the Economy Makes Us Fat, If It Matters, and What to Do About It, discuss the power and role the government has on the food consumption in America: “Government has imposed numerous laws and regulations that, whether directly or indirectly, influence our food consumption and physical activity decisions, and ultimately our rates of obesity” (Finkelstein and Zuckerman 115). The ordinances and rules that governmental programs, like the FDA, dictate what Americans eat on a daily basis. The restrictions and codes, also provided by the FDA, force the food industry to create, produce, and package foods in a certain manner in order to sell them.
1.Supporting point 1: Obesity should be seen as a very serious health problem. According to international health experts, obesity contributed 2.8 million death per year worldwide. Fast food isn’t the only reason of people are getting obese, but it contributes to
Many observational studies have looked at weight discrimination and the risk of future weight gain and obesity. In one study of 6,157 people, non-obese participants who experienced weight discrimination were 2.5 times more likely to become obese over the next few years. This shows that fat shaming is certainly NOT likely to motivate people to lose