Summary Of Food As Thought Resisting The Moralization Of Eating By Mary Maxfield

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Today’s society is surfaced with various problems, one of them being our diet along with obesity. The health of our country’s people has become a national problem. One’s diet is based upon their choices, but even then there are many controversial views upon what is healthy and what is not. Two essays that I read uniquely present their views on this topic. First, there is “Food as Thought: Resisting the Moralization of Eating” by Mary Maxfield and then there is “Don’t Blame the Eater” by David Zinczenko. Both essays have strong and weak points, over this broad topic, in which I will discuss throughout this essay. The title of both essays have attracted me differently. In the first essay, “Food as Thought: Resisting the Moralization of Eating” is confusing to me. It has no word flow, it is not straight forward and along with that it does not capture the reader’s attention. With that being said, this serves as a weakness to Maxfield. On the other hand, “Don’t Blame the Eater” is the complete opposite. Not only does this title attract the audience but along with that it gives a clear understanding of what to expect throughout the essay. Therefore, unlike Maxfield, this serves as a strength for…show more content…
In Maxfield’s essay, “Journalist Michael Pollan offers readers a simple solution: quit obsessing over the French paradox and start obsessing over the french fry,” can be identified as the claim. Maxfield clearly uses Pollan as a reference and states a clear, not too detailed, claim. This in fact is a strength point for Maxfield. In Zinczenko’s essay, “lunch and dinner, for me, was a daily choice between McDonald’s, Taco Bell… then as now, these were the only available options for an American kid to get an affordable meal,” can be identified as the claim. Zinczenko gets a little distracted with the details, instead of just giving an overlook of his position. As a matter of fact, this indeed is one of Zinczenko’s weakness
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