Know What You Consume: Label Prepared Foods

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We live in a time where obesity rates in America seem to just keep skyrocketing. A fast food restaurant can be found on almost every city block, and with their misleading advertisements, it is difficult to separate food that is good for you and food that is bad for you. A McDonald’s restaurant doesn’t tell you what is in their unhealthy burgers, they just show consumers commercials and posters of a skinny model eating one. It is clear how this can be confusing and lead people to an unhealthy diet. A healthy lifestyle with a good diet and exercise is taught almost everywhere nowadays, but our current culture is having a hard time adapting to such a lifestyle. As Judith Warner shares in, Junking Junk food, “We ended up with a wealth of knowledge about best nutritional practices but no cultural change to back it up.” (403) It is not realistic to blame the obesity crisis on just one certain thing, but having consumers be clearly aware of what they were putting in their bodies all the time would certainly help. Radley Balko insists in his article, What you Eat is Your Business, that the eating habits and healthcare costs associated with an unhealthy lifestyle should be the responsibility of the individual. Many argue though, with the huge increase in diabetes and heart disease, help from outside sources are needed as well as the government requiring labeling on all prepared foods that are being sold. When a person is subjected to mass amounts of food advertisements, there is no surprise that it influences their choices on what to consume. Fast food companies advertise almost everywhere; the radio, the television, on billboards and all over the internet. Carrie Freemen and Debra Merskin say in, Having it His Way: The Construction of Mas... ... middle of paper ... ...a, Michelle. “Remarks to the NAACP National Convention.” They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Ed. Gerald Graff. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2010. 417-433. Print. Orbach, Suzie. “Fat is a Feminist Issue.” They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Ed. Gerald Graff. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2010. 448-452. Print. Pollan, Michelle. “Escape From the Western Diet.” They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Ed. Gerald Graff. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2010. 434-40. Print. Warner, Judith. “Junking Junk Food.” They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Ed. Gerald Graff. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2010. 400-05. Print. Zinczenko, David. "Don't Blame the Eater." They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. Ed. Gerald Graff. New York: W.W. Norton &, 2010. 391-94. Print.
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