9 October 2012
Our Responsibility: An Analysis of Obesity in America
America is becoming obese. As a community we are becoming more accepting of being overweight. Americans must make choices about where they eat, and how much they eat, for themselves, as well as their families. It is a person’s own responsibility to choose what they consume, not their government’s. Fast food is the new tobacco. Only society, not the government will be able to change the way Americans view their food choices.
Many people, such as First Lady Michelle Obama, in “Remarks to the NAACP National Convention” believe that it is the government’s job to help control America’s obesity rates (432). Obama states that the government is proposing, “a $400 million a year fund”(427), to promote health. America prides itself on the liberties of its citizens, and the government is supposed to ensure that American’s have rights, not take them away. Forcing Americans to change their way of eating is not the solution to obesity.
In “What You Eat Is Your Business” written by Radley Balko, Balko talks about how America is “migrating toward socialism”(396). We are migrating toward socialism by not allowing the people to think for themselves and make their own decisions. Balko believes that we should not bring “government between you and your waistline”(396). He argues, “[w] e’re becoming less responsible for our own health, and more responsible for everyone else’s”(396). Balko makes the most valid of points by asking himself, “if the government is paying for my anti-cholesterol medication, what incentive is there for me to put down the cheeseburger?”(397). If the government is just going to take care of you once you have the negative affects of fast food, you don’t need to prevent it.
David Zinczenko, chief editor of Men’s Health wrote, “Don’t Blame the Eater” in 2002. In his essay, Zinczenko voices that the public should know better than to eat several meals a day at a fast food...