Don’t Blame the Eater
“Before 1994, diabetes in children was generally caused by a genetic disorder. Today, according to the National Institute of Health, Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 30% of all new childhood obesity cases.” Zinczenko’s statement according to the National Health Institute is pretty flabbergasting. His voice in this story states that not only are we as individuals responsibly for what we put into our bodies, i.e.; fast food; but the companies as well. More often than not a family that has had a long day will choose a drive through over going home and pre-paring a home cooked meal. This to Zinczenko is the reason America is over weight and unhealthy.
Paul Campos, author of the article titled "Being Fat is OK" states that,” According to the U.S. Government, your health in terms of weight is measured by using the Body Mass Index (BMI) tool. This tool uses your height and weight to determine whether you are normal, overweight or obese.” I think that this article was not as supported as Zinczenko’s. In the terms that Campos has little facts to back up the government reasoning, as well as over all aspects of using the BMI for dieting.
Many fast food companies have made great strides in converting children to their side of thinking. Take McDonald’s for instance; in 1997 they introduced the Beanie Baby as part of their free toy with a Happy Meal. McDonald’s averaged 10 million Happy Meals sold in an average week. After the introduction of the Beanie Baby their sales skyrocketed to 100 million sales in just a week. Many of those children wanted those Beanie Baby’s as we all remember how fascinating they were. Everyone wanted a Beanie Baby, thus they were going to eat at McDonald’s to get one. There was a huge influx of new people eating at McDonald’s just to get their hands on that Beanie Baby. Society as a whole has made the decision to consume the bad for you food that McDonald’s hands out with all their special toys.
While it is your own choice as a teen or adult to place a fast food burger in your mouth, sometimes as college students you have no other alternative. McDonald’s dollar menu says; “eat this, its cheap, fast and simple.” Whiling driving to class count how many McDonalds will you pass, now count how many fruit and veggie spots you passed. The fast food industry is sucking us in with every commercial, billboard, and radio ad. You find a very small amount of healthy choices at these fast food joints; therefore we are left with terribly fattening choices that will kill us in the end.
In conclusion, the government, fast food gurus and American culture are responsible for our children becoming obese. In the end, we as a society can only do so much to limit our intake of fatty foods, while still keeping up with the hustle and bustle of every day life.
Schlosser, Eric. “Your Trusted Friends” Comp. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say I Say with Readings. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. 182
Campos, Paul. “Being Fat Is OK” Comp. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say I Say with Readings. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. 206
Zinczenko, David. “Don’t Blame the Eater” Comp. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. They Say I Say with Readings. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006. 153