What You Eat Is Your Business

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“What You Eat Is Your Business,” by Radley Balko

In the article of Radley Balko, he considers obesity a problem in the nation. Balko believes that it is unhealthy for children to be eating bad food but it’s their choices to eat that food. Balko is saying that if people are eating unhealthy and are having health problems everyone shouldn't have to pay for their health problems. Balko says, “In other words, bringing the government between you and your waistline.” Basically he is saying that the government shouldn’t be in your business of what you are eating or whether you are obese or not. Balko does not like the fact that the government has so much control over what we are eating and are fighting obesity the wrong way. Balko thinks the right way is that the government should be working to foster a sense of responsibility in ownership of our own health and well-being instead. We shouldn't have to manipulate or intervene in the food options to consumers who want to eat unhealthy food. Balko states that Congress is trying to pass the menu-labeling legislation, which is going to force restaurants to send every menu item to the laboratory for nutritional testing. Balko wants to stop paying for everyone's health insurance because it’s their own fault and it’s there priority to take care of themselves. Balko believes that everyone has their own choice of eating foods that are unhealthy and if they get obese or have health problems then they should pay for the consequences not the whole nation. He doesn’t want the focus on the “public health” he says it should be on personal responsibility. Balko mentions that someone’s heart attack drives up the cost of premiums and office visits. In my opinion that sounds a bit harsh for the people paying for the heart attack of someone. He also says, “The best way to alleviate the obesity (public health) crisis is to remove obesity from the realm of public health.” What he means is to remove obesity from having it not about...
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