“Do Not Blame the Eater” by David Zinzcenko

The direct link between the fast food industry and childhood obesity causes quite serious concern in the community. In his article “Do Not Blame the Eater”, David Zinczenko just raises this particular issue sharing his own personal experiences. Being a child, David Zinczenko, like many modern teenagers, ate fast food for every meal. In the article, Zinczenko displays the growth of obesity level in the last two decades. The main reason for such tendency, as the author argues, is consumers', especially teenagers', non-acquaintance with what exactly they are eating. At the same time, the pitiful situation is complicated by the absence of alternatives to fast food meals that would be both affordable and useful. Thus, Zinczenko's task is to inform the audience about the real course of things because people who are living in ignorance risk their health and life. Therefore, fast food companies have to provide their consumers with proper information about ingredients and calories their production has in order to protect rights, and health of their customers.

At the beginning of the article “Do Not Blame the Eater”, Zinczenko states that children blame McDonald's for their obesity and even sue the company for that. At the same time, the author does not agree with such irrational situation because it is senseless to accuse others in somebody's personal choice. Zinczenko compares children's suing McDonald's with middle-aged men suing Porsche for making them get speeding tickets. Thus, the author claims that people should be responsible for their life and decisions they make every day. Indeed, fast food companies cannot be in charge of the consumer's choice to buy their products, and obviously they are not responsible for customers' obesity.

At the same time, David Zinczenko claims that he was one of those children who chose McDonald's, Taco Bell, or other fast food company for the everyday meal. Although the author was “a typical mid-1980's latchkey kid”, he was fortunate to join the Navy Reserves and took interest in a health magazine that helped him to cope with his problem of fast food consumption. However, not many teenagers have a chance to refuse useless unhealthy food that they find tasty, fast, and cheap, and thus, they choose the fate of lifetime obesity. Furthermore, the author gives particular statistics and provides certain facts to show how situation with fast food consumption has changed since 90s. David Zinczenko is greatly concerned with the considerable increase in childhood obesity level in the past years because it becomes a universal problem. Also, there is a particular relation between childhood diseases like diabetes provoked by fast food consumption and money that the government spends to treat those illnesses. While fast food consumption increases, government's spending on the treatment raises as well.

Taking into consideration people's poor socioeconomic conditions, it is obvious that it is hard for them to find healthy alternatives to fast food. Moreover, fast food is much more available than healthy fruits and vegetables. A small number of alternatives is strengthened by insufficient amount of information on ingredients and calories people are consuming. Thus, fast-food packaging does not provide people with the necessary information, as well as advertisements lack warning labels. Thereby, David Zinczenko claims for fast-food reform arguing that fast-food companies do well to protect themselves, and their customers, by providing the nutrition information people need to make informed choices about their products. Indeed, fast food industries have to add required information to their products and avoid tricks in their advertising schemes, which will help people to make a right choice before buying anything. Therefore, Zinczenko's words have a sense because without taking certain measures, the number of sick and obese children will grow.

As for me, I agree with some arguments provided by David Zinczenko in his article. For example, it is really nonsense to blame others in one's own choice. People are endowed with reason in order to think and make right decisions, but, unfortunately, not all use this gift. Thus, children that accuse McDonald's of their obesity cannot accept the fact that it is their own choice to become fat and sick. I also agree with Zinczenko's argument that fast food restaurants have occupied every square meter in America and that it becomes hard to find the healthy alternative. Nevertheless, I cannot completely support Zinczenko's argument that if fast food companies put information about ingredients and calories on their products, the consumers would not buy them. Concerning consumers' lack of personal responsibility, the providing of information will not greatly change the situation. Although a good company has to respect its customers, it cannot be in charge of their conscious decision to eat fast food that is usually calorific and harmful. Moreover, most people already know how dangerous fast food consumption can be, but they still buy a meal in McDonald's or Taco Bell. Therefore, when people lack responsibility for personal choice, others do not have to pay for the consequences.

Hence, the article “Do Not Blame the Eater” is a critical look at fast food industry, childhood obesity, and lack of healthy alternatives and necessary information on fast-food products. Although I cannot completely agree with all Zinczenko's arguments, I find his article rather reasonable and thought-provoking. Moreover, David Zinczenko's personal example mentioned in the article is quite important because it insures the readers that he knows the issue and makes them believe him. I consider that Zinczenko has successfully fulfilled his purpose to inform families about the danger of unhealthy food consumption. Being much more available than healthy food, fast food gradually destroys lives of the youth, and, what is more horrible, they allow it to do that.

About the author:

Paul Martinez, as a former journalist, he knows how powerful a word could be. Now he is a blogger and writer at writing elites company. Working with experts in academic writing is a pleasure. And he is happy to share my experience with those who are only learning. His motto is: "Live the life you love, love the life you live".


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