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A Generalization Of A Generation Essay

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Over the past few years, discussions have been taking place over the controversial issue of whether or not food companies or the public should be held accountable for the growing rate of obesity. On one hand, many argue that these companies are too blame and that the government should be more active in the matter of what our people are consuming. On the other hand, however, others argue that it is our personal responsibility to handle our own weight, personal health and what we consume. Both sides feel very strongly on the matter and display their views through literature. In “Don’t Blame the Eater,” David Zinczenko discusses this controversial topic and whether or not the public should be to blame or the food industries themselves. He displays his opinion that these companies producing our foods are too blame and uses various reasons, examples, and personal expectances to defend his point. In “What You Eat Is Your Business,” Radely Balko disagrees with Zinczenko’s opinion and deems that the public is to blame on this issue and also uses numerous explanations to defend his personal belief.
In “What You Eat Is Your Business” Radely Balko brings up the fact that the reason people are becoming unhealthy is because they will not take responsibility for there own actions. He discusses the government’s involvement and how they should stay out of what people choose to eat and leave it too themselves. He brings up the point that over the past couple of decades the American health care system is becoming more and more socialistic because your own well-being is now being considered a matter of public health rather then personal. He proves this by discussing the fact that the government is beginning to regulate many different aspects of our lives beginning with the fact many states have already forbidden insurance companies from charging overweight and obese clients higher premiums. This will eliminate the financial incentive for individuals to stay healthy because they will not be penalized for the unhealthy life style they live. Balko continues to discuss the matter of healthcare and how other people are paying for the medicine for unhealthy people, which again take away the incentives for people to stay healthy. Balko states “We’ll all make better choices about diet, exercise, and personal health when someone else isn’t paying for the consequences of those choices.” (Balko, line 58). The point Balko is trying to make throughout his whole article is that as long as people refuse to take personal responsibility for there food consumption the problem of obesity will not be solved.
Zinczenko disagrees with Balkso’s points and brings up the argument that rather then blaming the public’s obesity problem and their food choices, one should blame the food industry’s and how their misinforming the public in order to keep producing food inexpensively and how they make it so cheaply and readily available for consumption. One of the points Zinczenko makes is...

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