David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health, is arguing that fast-food restaurants are not to blame for people, especially children and teenagers, it’s the person’s individual responsibility to keep themselves “healthy”. The menus at fast-food companies aren’t the healthiest, but they shouldn’t be blamed for making kids obese, and I agree with his claim fully. The parents are all fully aware that the “Big Mac” and “Baconater” aren’t 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’s nearly impossible to find healthier alternatives to fast-food. People sue these companies blaming them for making them obese. That’s just absurd and very irresponsible. If people don’t like how their kids are fat, stop taking them to McDonald’s all the time! They don’t drive themselves there! And maybe those parents can make some responsible decisions for once in their lives and make their child exercise more and eat healthier. If people expect different results, they have to work for them in my opinion. Fast-food industries may try to “target children in their ads”, but it ultimately comes down to the adults-the parents- choosing to dine at these places and pork up their kids on the high-sugar sodas, salty French fries, and greasy burgers. If they would just take the time to look out the window, they would see the healthy alternatives to fast-food, and how the alternatives are literally right in front of them. It is up to the parents ultimately, in my opinion, to influence their children into healthier eating habits.
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