Fast Food

Topics: Nutrition, Obesity, Food Pages: 6 (770 words) Published: March 10, 2013
EPT-Type Writing Topic

Directions: You will have 45 minutes to plan and write an essay on the topic assigned below. Before you begin writing, read the passage carefully and plan what you will say. Your essay should be as well organized and carefully written as you can make it.

As Americans add pounds, critics are increasingly blaming the fast food industry. Teenagers have filed lawsuits blaming McDonald’s for their health problems, and a public health group in California has asked the governor to declare childhood obesity a state of emergency. But parents—not the fast food companies, not the government--are in the best position to fight the epidemic of overweight children. Parents are responsible for teaching kids healthy eating and exercise habits. Parents are to blame if they let kids eat unhealthy foods and sit in front of the television or computer for hours at a time. We have laws against parents’ leaving a loaded weapon where children can find and use it to hurt themselves or others. It’s time to get parents to take the same responsibility to protect their children from unhealthy foods and lack of exercise.

Adapted from Daniel Weintraub,
“The battle against fast food begins in the home” The Sacramento Bee, Dec. 17, 2002

Explain Weintraub’s argument and discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with his analysis. Support your position, providing reasons and examples from your own experience, observations, or reading.

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1) Unpack the Prompt

|DO |WHAT | |1) Explain |Weintraub’s argument | | | | |2) Discuss |Agree/disagree | | | | |3) Support |Your position | | | | |4) Provide |Reasons and examples |

2) Prewrite

BRAINSTORM ARGUMENTS

|Agree - Reasons |Support (Evidence) |Rhetorical Appeal | | | | | |Parents still buy fast food for their children when they know|“You’ve got 70 percent of moms who are working, so when |Expert Testimony- | |it’s unhealthy. |they’re home they try to please their kids.” [Barboza – If|Logos | | |You Pitch It] | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |...
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