“What You Eat Is Your Business” reflection
The common thought of most Americans living in the United States that it is the greatest country on planet earth, and second is not even close. They believe this notion because of the freedoms this great nation was founded on: The freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly. These freedoms turn into more simplistic generalities that are assumed and exercised by Americans daily, such as the freedom of choice. Although the freedom of choice is a right given to us at birth, it is a right that the federal government of the greatest nation on earth is slowly starting to rescind. Lets take health care for example, or most specifically, obesity. Law makers are slowing starting to push policies into the forum of public health. Those same law makers are the same people blaming the fast food industry, food manufacturing companies, scientist making artificial ingredients, and everyone else who lays a hand on food before it reaches your table for American becoming obese, not the person choosing to put that food in their mouth. In his essay, “What You Eat Is Your Business”, Radley Balko argues just the same. Balko says that your well-being, shape, and condition have increasingly been deemed matters of public health, instead of matters of personal responsibility, as they should be (396). Balko also says that 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 own health and well-being (396). Finally Balko argues that it should only be the responsibility of the individual to be fiscally responsible when it comes to health. What Balko is saying is that it is the individual’s responsibility to take care of themselves, and no one else’s. I found in my own experience for that to be true. You are the only person who can change you, and that is the way it should stay.
When I was younger, I struggled with weight. I was always known as the chubby kid, and that was an outlook I never sought out. I would go to school, come home, eat, and play my video games. I constantly ate McDonalds and other junk foods. I never thought the problem was me, when indeed it was. It was easy for me to blame someone or something else. It was McDonalds fault for making their food so unhealthy, it was the governments fault for not regulating the industry and so on and so forth. Even if those outlets were to blame, I was the only one that could fix the problem, and it is that understanding that turned my life around. Heading into senior year of high school, I was pushing 280 pounds. Now I am down to 225 pounds, and still ticking down. You see, all these regulations did not help me lose my weight and change the man I am, it was me. I had to engage in the concept that I would be the only person that could fix the problem, and when I accepted that fact, my life did a 180 degree turn.