A Rhetorical Analysis of “Don’t Blame the Eater” by David Zinczenko Sara, a single mother of two kids, is driving home from a grueling day of work. She’s worked overtime all week and has some tightness in her back. Upon looking at the clock on the dashboard of her 1996 Volkswagen, she realizes that it is way too late to go home and cook a nice dinner for her two children. She turns into the nearest McDonalds, orders some chicken nuggets, and brings dinner home. Can you blame a mother who just wanted her kids to eat? In “Don’t Blame the Eater”, David Zinczenko sympathizes with those mothers. He argues that there are simply not enough alternatives to the thousands of fast food restaurants and that the lack of information about those alternatives further complicates things. …show more content…
Now, drive back up the block and try to find someplace to buy a grapefruit” (197). He is no longer asking questions. The author now seems to have a sense of urgency in his tone. This change of rhythm in the writing style shows that the topic means much more to the author than initially assumed. It’s almost as if the author has become fed up with the lack of healthy food options in the food industry. He goes on to say “Complicating the lack of alternatives is the lack of information about what, exactly, we’re consuming” (197). He says there are no nutritional calorie charts on fast food packages, the way they are on grocery items. Most readers would instantly understand that statement, but Zinczenko hammers it home with an example of complicated calorie facts. He shows how fast food restaurants make their calorie information complicated by splitting up different parts of the meal. (198). He shows that most are eating way more calories than they think. His usage of data and numbers in the last part of his essay reinforce what was already a strong
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The Locavore’s Dilemma is an article written by Christophe Pelletier. In this article he explains as to why buying food exclusively inside a 100 miles radius is not a wise or sustainable choice. He says that while in the future changes to the production and transportation of food may change, limiting yourself to food within a 100 mile range is not the right way to go. In The Locavore’s Dilemma he is successful in developing the writing so that people understand why we need to buy food from farther than 100 miles, he has made a very organized article to follow, and his expression is very easy understand the point he is trying to get across.
David Zinczenko’s “Don’t Blame the Eater” is an article about the dangers of the fast food industry and their direct correlation to childhood obesity. Through his argument, he shows the readers that the consumers are not the ones at fault. He provides great detail on how the cheap and convenient places for food are the ones to blame for the continuous growth of diabetes in our youth. Zinczenko gives a well-balanced argument as to why this is true through his use of personal stories, dictation, and tone. Through this, he is able to effectively prove his thoughts and opinions, and also include the reader into following along.
The articles of discussion in this essay is The Food Movement, Rising and The Meal: Grass-Fed by Michael Pollan. His first article is broken into three “chapters” that each supports a different view behind the food movement. Overall Pollan’s stance throughout this article is in favor of the food movement and he helped bring a large general audience together that could resonate with one of the offered perspectives. In his first chapter Pollan talks about the unhealthiness behind the modern food industry and how fast food is affecting the public’s health and wallet. Moving on to the second chapter, Pollan highlights various organizations and familiar faces, such as Michelle Obama, that are involved and trying to elicit change within the political
Unfortunately, this is the position numerous Americans find themselves in today. David Zinczenko’s essay, Don’t Blame the Eater, provides insight into the issues associated with mainstream fast food ease of access and cost leading to overconsumption such as improperly labeled and hidden nutrition information and incorrect serving suggestions and the justification for placing blame upon big box companies for the
Zinczenko’s Rhetorical Precis In his essay “Don’t Blame the Eater,” David Zinczenko sympathizes for port fast-food patron, like himself ages ago, he agrees that food industry should take some responsibility for obesity. He supports his claim by warning consumers about the dangers of fast food,as it play a factor in obesity. Within his argument, he questions other counter arguments and uses his narrative tone to show consumers that the food industry is necessarily at fault. Zincenko believes the prevalence of fast food and the lack of healthier food alternatives is causing obesity in America.
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.
The one thing that any author must do when writing any sort of essay is to make it comprehensible to the reader. In order to achieve this, the author must utilize anything to get their point across or else the writing would be futile. In Turkeys in the Kitchen , Dave Barry gives his own personal stories about his Thanksgiving and how he feels that men aren’t as useful as women in the terms of the culinary arts (kitchen), Barry’s flippant tone and his use of rhetorical devices such as similes and irony bring forth a light hearted explanation of stereotypes between men and women as well as describing how men are useless in the kitchen. The uses of similes throughout the essay give purpose by showing how men are useless.
The Ad gives out a message saying, “When everyone is a foodie, no one should go hungry.” The phrase not only gives an emotional sadness, heartbreaking views of what is out in the world today. The kitchen so bright and the walls so dark, falls into hope and evil. A girl outside the building looks cold and hungry, and it gives the readers purpose of the writer establishment. The writer is trying to persuade the readers that everyone loves to eat, and why not share our wealth of being a foodie, so no one goes hungry.
A compliant complaint. I never eat, says the slender diner. It’s slander, and she’s scared, like a bully pushing lettuce around. The cook can’t look, blind with hunger and anger.
He, however, was able to find a way to turn his life around by making healthy choices when he started college and joined the Navy Reserves. Zinczenko mentions in his article, that consumers did not have access to "calorie information" and even if they had such information, it is always hard to understand. For example, he says that if your read the fine prints on the back of the dressing packet, you will realize that it actually contains 2.5 servings rather than one serving, which means that as a consumer, you are actually consuming 620 calories and not the stated 280 calories per dressing. In addition, he made mention of several statistics of childhood obesity which have led to the increase in diabetes due to the increased number of fast food restaurants. Although Zinczenko makes a compelling argument about the "eater is not to blame", his lack of evidence to support his assumptions weakens his overall point.
Author Erica Funkhouser’s speaker, the child of the farm laborer, sets the tone in “My Father’s Lunch,” through their narrative recount of the lunch traditions set by their father preceding the end of a hard days worth of work. The lunch hour was a reward that the children anticipated; “for now he was ours” (14). The children are pleased by the felicity of the lunch, describing the “old meal / with the patina of a dream” (38-39) and describing their sensibilities as “provisional peace” (45). Overall, the tone of the poem is one of a positive element, reinforced by gratitude.
Daniel Weintraub, in the article, “ The battle against fast food begins in the home”, claims that fast food companies are not to blame, instead it's the parents to blame for making their children obese. “Fast food companies have no fault in this overweight situation” says Weintraub. The author, which is Weintraub, supports his argument by explaining the data and research used to show that most studies focused on “ The increase consumption of fast food and soft drinks, larger portion sizes in restaurants, the availability of junk food on campus, advertising of junk food to children and their families, and the lack of constant physical education programs in the school”. The authors purpose is to inform readers that parents need to take responsibility, so that, their children stop blaming others for something that is happening in the home. The author writes in an informal tone for adults with children in the house.
“Fast food restaurants have us hooked on to their tasty food. You See a lot of people buying fast food because how good it tastes. Well let me tell you it is not good for your health. Why do fast food places lower their prices because they know people will buy it if it doesn’t cost that much and most people buy it cause that`s how much they can afford”. Fast food places is a way to not cook every week I feel bad for people when I go to McDonald’s and ask them, do you know what you’re eating in they say
In the article “No Lunch Left Behind” Waters and Heron argues that, “ Lunch Program contains some of the same ingredients found in fast food, and the resulting meals routinely fail to meet basic nutritional standard. Yet this is how government continues to ‘help’ feed millions of American schoolchildren, a great many of them from low income household.” It would not be wrong to assert that cafeteria is one of the fast food restaurants located in Washington High School, since it offers more than average calories a teenager student