Obesity Awareness in the U.S.

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When people think of America they think of three things: Freedom, McDonalds, and Obesity. David Zinczenko and Radley Balko both write about the obesity crisis in America taking opposite sides of the argument. Zinczenko’s essay, “Don’t Blame the Eater”, argues that the government should take steps to help fight obesity while Balko’s essay, “What you eat is your business”, explains that obesity is a personal choice that the government does not need to concern itself with. Associated topics they write about are the issues of personal and public health concerns, government spending and legislation, label legislation, health insurance prices, lack of healthy options, and advertising to children. Both essays have raised my awareness of the health crisis and what should and should not be done. In my opinion people need to take responsibility for their health and should not want the government to legislate the food industry or intervene in healthcare. The health of each person is a private matter despite the fact that well-being, shape, and condition have increasingly been deemed matters of “public health”, instead of matters of personal responsibility. This trend has pushed health care into the public sector (Balko 396). The choices a person makes about the food they eat or the care they invest in their body is not a concern that resides in the public domain. Government concerns should be focused on global events, like the world wide military fighting and terrorism or the failing economy, not the growing average waistband size. Balko explains, “The best way to alleviate the obesity “public health” crisis is to remove obesity from the realm of public health because it doesn’t belong there anyway” (Balko 396). W... ... middle of paper ... ...esity crisis. Their arguments encompassed everything from government legislation to the evil of advertising to children. Even though their topics are strongly related, they could not have expressed more drastically different positions. Zinczenko believes that the government should step in to “help”, while Balko believes that this matter should stay private. I believe that people must take responsibility for their health and should not rely to the government to force change on the food industry or intervene in healthcare. Works Cited Balko, Radley. “What You Eat is Your Business.” They Say/I Say. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. New York: W.W.Norton & Company, 2012. 395-398. Print Zinczenko, David. “Don’t Blame the Eater.” They Say/I Say. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russel Durst. New York: W.W.Norton & Company, 2012. 391-393. Print
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