In the article “Are Our School Lunches Healthy Enough”,by McClatchy-Tribune News Service. The First Lady Michelle Obama’s Campaign to make school lunches healthier. One reason, that it is good to make school lunches healthier is that some parents are paying for unhealthy school lunches that their kids are eating. Another reason, that it is good to make school lunches healthier is that 1 in 3 kid are overweight or obese. The last reason, is that it is not good to make school lunches healthier because the government is ignoring parents and saying that parent can’t make the healthy choice for their children.
In the article “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in the Home” the author, Daniel Weintraub, argues that parents are responsible for the obesity of children, not anyone or anything else, the parents. Weintraub supports his claims by explaining data and research used to show that most studies focus on “...the increasing 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 consistent physical education programs in the schools” said in paragraph 8. The author’s purpose is to raise awareness that parents need to take responsibility so that their children stop blaming others for something that others have
Similarly, our world encourages mass consumption as well. Mass production and consumption subsequently create instant gratification, we don 't have to wait for products to be made or delivered, its there right away. Roberts’ article supports the fact that our world and Huxley’s world aren’t so far off from each other. As seen in the qoute, society today is rejects all modes of inconvenience. People don’t want to struggle or work to get something.
Zinczenko appealed to his character and the reader’s character as well by establishing a connection with him or her. This connection between the reader and the writer will ensure the reader that although the writer is well educated and is successful, he did too suffered from situation at some point in his life. Zinczenko admitted that he felt pity for the “portly fast-food patrons” because like them he used to be one of them at a certain point in his life (paragraph 2). This appeal to the write’s character crates a sympathetic connection between the writer and the reader. This confession of David Zinczenko showed his vulnerable side to the audience who would be reading the opinion column of the New York Times.
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.
In the newspaper article, “No Lunch Left Behind,” by Alice Waters and Katrina Heron, the authors inform the audience, “But food distributed by the National School Lunch Program contains some of the same ingredients found in fast food and the resulting meals routinely fail to meet basic nutritional standards. Yet this is how the government continues to ‘help’ feed millions of American schoolchildren, a great many of them from low-income households”(4). Waters and Heron argue school programs provide unhealthy food on a daily basis, which accustom the students to not having a choice, yet to eat it and not starve. Students may not realize that the food being served is technically as bad as going to a junk food restaurant. The fast food industry is constantly improving everything to get people to come back and order the “new,” that will benefit them in many ways.
How we are led to believe there is a control on the nutrition provided by purchasing higher priced items because they claim to have better nutrients. Pollan references, how scientist isolate a single nutrient and can observe it and duplicate it, but studies showed that outside of the food source it might not be digested and absorbed the same. He goes on by given the example of antioxidants on fresh produced. The observation was that while the compound was in the produce it could prevent cancer, but when if it was “removed from the source” it could cause cancer. This was an extremely scary observation.
Individuals even in a state of zombification are looking for self-definition in the shopping mall. The commodity fetishism empowers the capitalist system and allows the individuals to live a utopian fantasy of autonomy (Bishop 2010: 247). People believe that they are free when they buy an object of their desire. However, in a sense they indirectly fall victims of exploitation, which is the purpose of the bourgeoise (Bishop 2010: 247). Just as zombies never satisfy their appetite for human flesh, consumers cannot restrain themselves from buying.
He also appeared on the Dr. Oz show as a special guest specializing in proper dieting. Zinczenko shows the reader that he was not always able to afford the finer restaurants and time to eat there, but was indeed “a typical mid-1980s latchkey kid” (892). This ability to relate to the target audience and those he is defending brings him down to a peer level with his audience rather than an expert simply doing research. This connection to his readers makes the article more believable and builds a strong foundation on which the remainder of his argument
In the article, Daniel Weintraub argues that parents are to blame for kids being obese, not food companies. “Parents, not state government, are in the best position to fight the epidemic of overweight children in our schools.” I agree with this claim because he gives good evidence and facts. The article is well written and includes good supporting details which helps the author prove his point. Even though it may have some weak points and some things aren’t explained, it’s very convincing and credible.
The haphazard “pointing of the finger”, which is often found in rhetorical arguments, perpetuates the grand scheme of poor versus wealthy, powerless versus powerful, and minimum wage employee versus big bad restaurant executive. Although this is presented in a professional manner, and with suppressed indignation towards restaurant chains, the basic ideology held by the author is implanted in the minds of the readers. The author successfully does exactly what any written rhetorical piece sets out to do, convince others of an opinion through persuasive
According to Varul (2008) the notion of ‘ethical consumerism’ seems to be a contradiction in terms, since market and morality are commonly viewed as stark opposites with morality being sought in the contestation of certain goods’ commodity status and in the blocking of certain exchanges. What is new in the phenomenon of market society, a phenomenon that has been observed over the last 30 years, is the emergence of consumption as a criterion for the quality of life and as a sign of the demand for it. Moreover, society has become in our time a society that governs and evaluates its members, including the ability to consume. Without legislation regulating the market, people’s choices will be
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.
American consumers have become accustomed to this notion of uniformity, without realizing that what is purchased now is a “notion of a tomato, picked green, and ripened with ethylene gas,” as Robert Kenner expresses in the documentary, Food Inc. There is a common denial forged between what is known and what one chooses not to know about what is being consumed. In order to make an informed decision society must first be given the option by being provided with the right