Dont Blame the Eater

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“Don’t Blame the Eater” by David Zinczeko.

In his article “Don’t Blame the Eater,” David Zinczenko argues that today’s fast food chains fill the nutritional void in children’s lives left by their overtaxed working parents. With many parents working long hours and unable to supervise what their children eat, Zinczenko claims, children today regularly turn to low-cost, calorie-laden foods that the fast food chains are too eager to supply. When Zinczenko himself was a young boy, for example, and his single mother was away at work, he ate at Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and other chains on a regular basis, and ended up overweight. Zinzenko’s hope is that with the new spate of lawsuits against the food industry, other children with working parents will have healthier choices available to them, and that they will not, like him, become obese.

David Zinczenko is arguing that fast-food restaurants are not to blame for people, especially children and teenagers, for their obesity- it is their fault. The facts would agree with him one hundred percent. It is the parents, and not the food chains, which are responsible for their children’s obesity. While it is true that many of today’s parents do work long hours, there are still several things parents can do to guarantee their children eat healthy foods.

Yes, the menus at fast-food companies are not the healthiest, but they should not be blamed for making kids obese. The parents are all fully aware that the “Big Mac” and “Baconater” are not the most nutritional foods, and they need to take the responsibility for their children’s obesity. Zinczenko argues that we as people should “…know better than to eat two meals a day in fast-food restaurants”, and the fact that it is near impossible to find healthier alternatives to fast-food. How can people just sit around all day watching television, participate in a fast-food buffet, and then blame the restaurants for their health issues? If people do not like how their kids are fat,...
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