What You Eat Is Your Business Radley Balko Summary

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In the article, What You Eat Is Your Business by Radley Balko, published by Cato Institute, Balko discusses obesity. He discussed how obesity was a public health issue instead of being a personal health. Although the author discusses obesity in terms of public health, he argues that the resolution for obesity should be a personal responsibility.
The author draws the reader’s attention when he talked about the government anti-obesity initiatives, by prohibiting junk food from vending machines, federal funding for new bike trails and sidewalks, restrictive food marketing to children, and prodding the food industry into more responsible behavior. He stresses these points to convey how hard anti-obesity acts are the government. "President Bush earmarked $200 million in his budget for anti-obesity measures."
(Balko, 2004, p. 1). The author emphasizes
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People are not taking care of themselves as they should be and that is an issue. The author's writing style draws the reader into his side of argument. Balko's points make the argument about anti-obesity act being a personal responsibility stronger and more relatable. It is usual how President Bush 200 million for anti-obesity because that is a lot of money going towards something that can be dealt with in other ways. Just because you spend a lot of money on anti-obesity, you just can't make people live the way you think is best for them. If that person doesn't want to work out or start eating their fruit and vegetables to stay healthy, that should be on them they should take that responsibility, you can't force them to live the life that they don't want. Having that issue in public isn't going to change how people eat and exercise just making them even lazier. If it were private, then people would have started to work out, eating fruits, etc. on their own and not because someone else wants to and that how it should
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