America is one of the most obese countries in the world, and the reasons are obvious. Just look around you. Fast food chains on every block, unhealthy foods are much less expensive than the healthy foods we should be eating, more and more technology to make our lives easier and lazier, and high amounts of stress are all factors to weight gain in our country. What You Eat Is Your Business by Radley Balko, he argues about government interfering in private matters, such as making the choices for us in what we should or should not eat. Spending millions of dollars will not stop people from eating what they want to. People will always find alternative ways that fits their choices. Government deciding for our choices is just not right even in the …show more content…
He also writes about music and culture in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives. Balko is a former senior editor for Reason magazine, where his weekly column and investigative features were finalists for and won a number of journalism awards. His2009 investigative report on expert witness fraud in a Louisiana death penalty case won the Western Publication Association’s “Maggie Award” for reporting. In 2011, That Week named Balko a finalist for “Opinion Columnist of the Year," and the L.A. Press Club named him Journalist of the Year for small publications, as well as Journalist of the Year overall (Balko). "What You Eat Is Your Business" by Radley Balko is an article in which he argues about how government interferes in what we eat. Radley Balko says, "President Bush earmarked $200 million in his budget for anti-obesity measures. State legislatures and school boards across the country have begun banning snacks and soda from school campus and vending machines" (Balko 296). None of these methods will stop people from eating what they want; it is just a waste of money. In the essay, he argues about how health has become public matter, rather than private. The reason of very high health cost in America is that "We are more likely go to the doctor at the first sign of cold, when we are not paying for it from our own pocket." In the
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Obesity has been a growing problem in America. With the leading cause of it is in our diet and the kind of foods we part take of everyday and they lifestyles that we all choose to live. The everyday habits and practices, that have been imbedded our every day routines. The American routine has become so lazy and self reliant on getting what we want and need at an instant that it has caused us to be over weight. We have all become so used to getting instant gratification, that it has been imbedded in our head that, why work for to get our food when we can go to a restaurant of our choosing and just pick out food. Especially with such a fast growing society that we live in everything moves so fast, We are all expected to keep up with
The government plays an important part in our safety, but many people think they take it too far. Recently, people have thought more and more about how much involvement the government should have when it comes to food regulations. Some people think the government's involvement in regulating food would greatly help obesity rates, and others think the country's obesity rates would show little to no improvement. Although no one cause of obesity exists, and no government regulations will likely alter someone’s lifestyle choices, the government should implement some regulations by implementing programs to educate and encourage citizens to lead a healthier life and by requiring companies to list a full disclosure of ingredients on their products.
Stronger regulatory rules need to be enforced by the government on fast food and junk food because the effects of unhealthy foods not only have a negative impact on Americans, but also on a global scale. It was reported on September 8, 2013 by news website, rt.com, that “from Mexico to Qatar, obesity rates are soaring to unprecedented levels. The alarming trend is damaging economic performance, as well as the health of millions of consumers worldwide.” Though fast food and junk food are factors to the rise in obesity rates, they are, however, not the only contributing factors to the increase of overweight people. Rt.com also states, “[take] our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, mix in a generous portion of American fast-food and dubious agricultural practices, add a dash of corporate duplicity and you have a recipe for high obesity rates across the planet.” Continuing this type of lifestyle could only lead to more negative outcomes and, possibly, to the destruction of everyone. The only way to make great changes is to start by making smaller changes.
How is it that a nation so obsessed with counting calories, cutting back carbs, and going on diets is so incredibly overweight? The United States is by far the heaviest country in the world. Almost two thirds of Americans are overweight and one third are obese (“Statistics…”). That’s a lot of fatties in a land of 281,421,906 people (“Question…”). On the surface, it’s simply bewildering as to why America is in such a state because this country is made of people from the rest of the world. However, eastern and western Europeans, Asians, Africans, South Americans, and Australians aren’t faced with even half the number of weight-related health issues that Americans encounter every day.
Over the course of the last few decades, the U.S. has seen a drastic rise in the spread of obesity. Through the rise of large-scale fast food corporations, the blame has shifted toward the mass consumerism of these global industries. It is, however, due to poor lifestyle choices that the U.S. population has seen a significant increase in the percentage of people afflicted with obesity. In 1990 the percentage of obese people in the United States was approximated at around 15%. In 2010, however, it is said that “36 states had obesity rates of 25 percent or higher”(Millar). These rates have stayed consistent since 2003. The obesity problem in America is
In general, most of the people in the world today are unhealthy. The majority of the world’s population has acquired unhealthy eating habits. One contributing factor in the United States of unhealthiness is that the United States government does not have the control over the dispersion of unhealthy food that it should have. Another factor is that of the availability of fast food restaurants. The availability of fast food restaurants is one of the leading causes of obesity in the U.S. The United States of America government does not regulate unhealthy food as heavily as it should be regulated because the government allows many fast-food restaurant chains, such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s,
I am responding to the request to analyze Radley Balko’s article, “What You Eat Is Your Business” and make a recommendation for or against publication in The Shorthorn at University of Texas at Arlington. In order to respond, I have examined the rhetorical appeals of Balko’s piece and determined why this article should be posted in the next edition of The Shorthorn. I believe that the Shorthorn audience would be interested in what is being discussed regarding of obesity, things that could potentially affect their lifestyle as well as the professors. In “What You Eat Is Your Business”, Balko claims that obesity is the responsibility of the individual not the government, and how our government is allowing American to live an unhealthy lifestyle
Radley Balko, The author of the essay “What You Eat is Your Business”, would agree that in order to stop obesity, we must turn this public problem around and make it everyone’s individual responsibility. Instead of inflicting the importance of personal ownership, government officials, politicians and congress make obesity a public problem by prohibiting junk food in school vending machines, federal funding for new bike trails and sidewalks, and restrictive food marketing to children. Overall I agree that this manipulation of food options is not the proper way to fight obesity, however, I think that government should inform people about the food they are eating because then they have no excuses for not taking responsibility of the actions.
In his article, “What You Eat is Your Business,” Radley Balko blames individuals for fueling today’s so-called obesity epidemic that is occurring throughout the United States. He argues that the government should stop labeling obesity as a “public health” issue, and start making people take responsibility for their own actions. Balko discusses how the idea of someone's "...well-being, shape, and condition have increasingly been deemed matters of 'public health,' instead of matters of personal responsibility" (Balko). He claims that deeming obesity as matters of "public health" is the wrong way to fight the obesity epidemic. He suggests that the best way to "...alleviate the obesity 'public health' crisis is to remove obesity from the realm of 'public health’ (Balko). He tries to convey the message that obesity doesn’t belong under “public health,” by emphasizing the fact that, “It’s difficult to think of anything more private and of less public concern than what we chose to put into our bodies” (Balko). Balko insists that if people take credit for their own actions, and stop blaming others for their condition, then they will start to make better choices when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. But what about the nonexistent nutritional facts on menus at restaurants Radley Balko? If the nutritional facts were available would that help decrease the obesity rate, and would people try to eat healthier?
Obesity in America is a rising situation. The issue keeps getting more controversial and many people are blaming the fast food restaurants for this problem people are facing. Radley Balko the author of “What You Eat is Your Business” explains that no one should have a say on what people eat. The government plays a big role in trying to tell people what they can, and cannot eat. Balko explains how the government should not have any say so on what people choose to eat. David Zinzeko the author of “Don’t Blame the Eater” explains how it is not their fault they are obese. Instead, they are blaming the fast food restaurants for making them obese because of the small options they have are healthy. In my personal opinion, the government should have no choice in what we eat. Fast food companies should not be blamed for making people fat when people make the choice to go there knowing that it is not healthy.
In his article, Balko agrees with the opinion that people need to take more responsibility for their own personal health and well-being. “Instead of manipulating or intervening in the array of food options available to American consumers, our government ought to be working to foster a sense of responsibility in and ownership of our health and well-being. But we’re doing just the opposite” (158). Balko suggests that the government is babying the American population by putting the blame of obesity in corporations and business’s hands rather than the people of whom are buying the health hazardous products. In addition, one of Balko’s other arguments is that sense the American health care system has become collective enough to a point in which society has stopped worrying about its health in general because individuals know that if they do end up with some sort of health issue, the money will be there to support them. This money he says comes from everyday people in America that pay taxes. If this type of system continues in the United States, the country will continue to get fatter and fatter. However, Balko says that if the government tightens up its grip by integrating in effective changes to some health care policies and putting responsibility back into the people’s hands, then America will gradually slim
United States citizens consume too much of what is irrelevant for the body and not enough of what is demanded. “Americans need to consume more fruits and vegetables, especially dark green and orange vegetables and legumes. Nutritionists must help consumers realize that, for everyone older than age 3 years, the new recommendations for fruit and vegetable intakes are greater than the familiar five servings a day” ( Guenther 1371-379 ) When traveling around America, noticing the eating habits of each state is important and hard to miss. Eating what you want, when you want is okay, as long as you are canceling it out with exercise. Being obese and being overweight are completely different.
Balko says that the government is getting involved in a way where obesity is being encouraged and they need to take a step back in order for people to learn how to maintain their personal health. Radley Balko states that insurance companies are being forced to keep overweight premiums at a standard rate which takes off the financial aspect that could potentially push people towards living and eating healthier. Balko says “And if the government is paying for my anti-cholesterol medication, what incentive is there for me to put down the cheeseburger.” This is showing how the government supports people’s bad eating habits by taking the consequences away. By making the weight of the unhealthy eating consequences everyone's problem, it encourages unhealthy eating even
Studies have linked obesity to many things from ear infections, to pollution, to air-conditioning, to socializing with obese people. The reason Americans are obese is because of the increasing luxury available to them. Obesity is a rising problem in the United States, and with all the privileges given to its citizens, the country has become increasingly lazy. With portion sizes rising and physical activity decreasing, it is easy to see how obesity rates have skyrocketed.
We make personal choices about what and where to eat. The government is not going to eliminate the unhealthy food because we think it is the cause of obesity. Ultimately, we must decide to either stay away from unhealthy food or eat them in moderation. Despite all the efforts of education, media and guidance it doesn’t prevent us from grabbing that cheeseburger with fries on the way to work. In his essay “What You Eat Is Your Business,” Radley Balko argues that society should take full responsi...