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Blame Your Loved Ones

In Daniel Weintraub’s article “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins In The Home,” the main idea is that parents are the ones to blame for childhood obesity. I agree with his argument. Parents are responsible for teaching their children healthy eating. They can control what they eat, especially if you live far from fast food like we do. The parent has the power to choose what they’re child eats, since they have the obligation to cook and makes sure they eat. Corporations are not at fault. They’re advertisements don’t force you to eat there, If the consumer chooses to continue to eat there after being aware of the consequences it’s they’re fault or they’re parents for taking them there. By now every American should know that fast food has bad results.

To begin, parents have the responsibility to teach their children healthy eating and exercising. As Weintraub states in his article “It is parents- not the government not the fast food companies, not the video-game manufacturers- who are responsible for teaching their kids healthy eating and exercise habits.” If a child is overweight its because of what the parent chose to cook for the child and where the parent chose to take the child to dine. Parents are to lazy to cook food, and the result is that they eat at a fast food restaurant. When children are left home alone, they cant cook for themselves and they’re only option is to buy an affordable meal at McDonalds. Parents need to try and cook meals, encourage their children to be active and not spend so much time in front of the television or play video games.

In addition, I don’t think filing lawsuits against fast food industries is a good idea. Like Weintraub said “ …in law suits against the fast-food industry, is that they send a message to parents and kids alike that obesity is somebody else’s fault.” Its common sense that a burger that weighs a pound is going to make you gain weight. Americans should all be aware of the effects...
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