Operation: Blame Everyone
Who do you blame for the fact that more than one third of the children born today will be overweight or obese? David Weintraub, the author of an article titled “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in the Home” , seem to think that the weight of the blame should be put on parents. He blamed the parent for everything from the lack of good eating habits to the growing amount of inactivity. Weintraub does not seem to be giving a single ounce of his blame to the government or advertisement. While I agree with Weintraub that parents should be blamed, I also think that the government along with fast food companies should be blamed. We cannot only blame one group for America’s growing weight problem. Although the blame can be put on many more groups, three of the main ones are: the parents, the fast food companies, and the government.
Parents can be blamed because they are not taking action to control their children’s diet. Sadly, kids these days are spending more time in front of a screen than they do anywhere else. How can their parents allow this to happen and then move on to sue fast food companies for their kid’s obesity problem? And it doesn’t seem like they are making too much of an effort to stop their children from consuming fast food, since more that forty percent of meals are eaten out and french fries are the most consumed vegetable in America. When I was younger in Viet Nam, my family and I only go out to eat fast food every so often and my parents would always make us eat something healthy that day to counter the empty calories we consumed. Not to mention the fact that fast food in Viet Nam was expensive and moderately proportioned. But even some things are out of the parents’ control. I was always fit as a child but ever since we came to America, my weight has been skyrocketing. It still amazes me how much effort fast food companies put into selling their ‘goods’.
Another major group that the blame can be pointed to are the...
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