Response to “Don’t Blame the Reader” by David Zinczenko

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Response to “Don’t Blame the Reader” by David Zinczenko

What is the value of freedom? Not the effort of achieving freedom but the extent of its value. Should an individual control every aspect of their life or should they not? This is an important question when it comes to the fast food industry. Fast food annual revenue is an outstanding 170 billion dollars per year: diabetes has never been higher and yet we are still pondering on a problem that has not been resolved. The problem between people and fast food has been a recent problem in the Unites States with the industry continually growing. The root of the problem is that people are not in taking fast food at a moderate rate and the obesity index is climbing exponentially. This crisis is hard to stop because we all consume food and it’s needed for survival. In the United States you cannot deny a person the right to eat what they want. But yet it’s obvious that the fast food industry has the upper hand when it comes to people picking food. Propaganda techniques like offering toys for the young and advertising around every corner makes it hard for someone to resist the “perks” of fast food. David Zinczenko the editor and chief of Men’s Health explains his point of view of the fast food crisis in his article “Don’t Blame the Eater”. He doesn’t present a solution but his points are crucial to help stop this epidemic. David Zinczenko first points out that since he was a kid all he was offered was fast food and that was the main source of his obesity. Now his personal circumstance of his parents being split up and all he was offered was fast food is believable; it’s just not practical. The vast majority of children in the United States have a married set of parents. Also the parents who are split don’t all count on fast food to feed their children. His circumstance is acute but it also does bring up a good point. The easy accessibility of fast food contributes to the problem. Who wants to

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