Summary of "Don't Blame the Eater"
“Don’t Blame the Eater” by David Zinczenko. tells us of a reason for obesity in children,
He came upon an article about kid’s suing McDonalds for making them fat. He goes on to say that
“I tend to sympathize with these portly fast food patrons”, though. Maybe that’s because I used to be one of them.”
Zinczenko in fact does sympathize with them. He goes on to argue that parent’s leaving their children home alone to fend for themselves at getting a meal they can afford does not give them many options, Other than something close by, Such as fast food. He also goes on to state that if the kids were able to drive down the streets it would be hard for them to find a place that sells a grapefruit. Zinczenko also offers argument that health care costs have skyrocketed due to the childhood diseases caused by the unhealthy food kids are eating and that the labeling for the calories are not understandable to the average person, Not alone a child. Our writer also offers that when he was a teen he himself had packed on the pounds. He was lucky, As he had got involved with a health magazine and joined the Navy Reserves and was able to learn how to exercise and eat healthier.
In conclusion, He does present a good argument, Although I believe the blame is that of the parent’s and the children. Parents should supply the home with healthier foods so the child does not have to go down the street for a calorie infested meal and the child should take on more responsibility for the choices in food they put in their mouths . Afterall the fast food restraint did not force them to eat there. If people would start taking the blame for their own actions and doings then we would not have overweight children or rising healthcare costs due to the obesity. I believe we should blame the eater, After all it is all about choice.
Cited: Zinczenko,David. “Don’t Blame the Eater.” They Say/ I Say: the Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Ed. Cathy Birkenstein, Gerald Graff, and Russel Durst. New York: W. W. Norton, 2012. 391-393. Print.