English Comp. 1120
7 March 2014
In the two articles, “Kentucky Town of Manchester Illustrates National Obesity Crisis” and “Don’t Blame the Eater,” Haygood and Zinczenko make the claims that family or individual finances play a role in the obesity crisis of America. They both link the amount of income an individual or family has, back to the obesity problems within their lifestyle. I do agree with the two authors in the aspect of finances making a difference in diets, however I also believe that the individual person, no matter what the financial situation, must strive to find a way to live within their means, but also they must be able to live “healthily” within their means. Zinczenko makes the accusation in the beginning of his article that family finances can lead to a particular family living and eating unhealthily. Zinczenko compares the kids of today’s society, that are eating fast food as a major part of their daily diets, to himself as a child that had to fend for himself in younger years. The reader of Zinczenko’s article can pick up quickly on the fact that Zinczenko did not come from a very wealthy family. “My parents were split up, my dad trying to rebuild his life, my mom working long hours to make the monthly bills.” (Zinczenko 391) Zinczenko goes on to talk about the consequences of having to live in this type of atmosphere where money or finances were scarce. The main consequence that he brings to the readers attention is the fact that he lived his daily life choosing amongst many fast food restaurants for two or more meals a day leading him in an unhealthy lifestyle. “Lunch and dinner, for me, was a daily choice between McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, or Pizza Hut. Then as now, these were the only available options for an American kid to get an affordable meal.” (Zinczenko 391) Zinczenko talks about how this unhealthy lifestyle based on his family’s income had had a major...
Cited: Balko, Radley. What You Eat Is Your Business. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012. Print.
Haygood, Wil. Kentucky Town of Manchester Illustrates National Obesity Crisis. 2nd Ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012. Print.
Zinczenko, David. Don 't Blame the Eater. 2nd Ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2012. Print.
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