Obesity seems to be a common conflict here in the United States. Thank you to the politicians, it is not getting any better. In “What You Eat Is Your Business”, by Radley Balko, it touches on obesity and how it is not the producers fault. Balko’s theory of obesity is extremely useful because it sheds light on the difficult problem of self-control. Those unfamiliar with this idea may be interested to
Balko starts off by talking about how politicians are trying to stop obesity early by taking out junk food from school campuses. Although it may be avoided at school, the students will not have that restriction at home. Balko feels that politicians are taking it away, but not teaching them responsibility to choose a healthy option on their own. He simply states,” This is the wrong way to fight obesity”, and I agree with Balko because even though someone chooses what I eat at school, I can choose not to eat at the school and go eat unhealthy at home because they did not focus on teaching me self-responsibility (Balko 267). Balko claims this to be “manipulating or intervening” since they are choosing everything for us. Balko is surely right about politicians being manipulative because they are trying to take control of students in school and make choices for them. In some cases it is not the politicians place to be making certain choices for students; it is their parents.
Not only are politicians manipulating what we eat, they are manipulating the health care for those who have obesity. Balko mentions how the government pays for a lot of medications; and then continues to propose to why someone would stop eating unhealthy if the government is paying to help them anyways. Therefore, if the government stopped paying all these funds going to waste on someone who is not trying to change, maybe they will second guess what they put in their bodies. Once again, I agree because if the government stopped helping them, they would realize that the only way to fix it is to work out and eat healthy; not just popping a pill to lower the cholesterol. That would lead to the self-responsibility that is needed to lower obesity. Though I disagree with Balko up to those who have obesity, do not have any consequences. Those who have obesity already have physical and mental consequences. Therefore, not only is it that, they also have economic consequences as well.
On a similar note, Balko then introduces Margo Wootan and her opinion on, “The best way to alleviate obesity”, and to try to remove obesity all together (Balko 469). Balko states that the best way to free the insurance company is to give consequences to the unhealthy and reward the healthy. I agree with that because those who live a healthy life style still have to pay the same amount as someone who is unhealthy and that is not right. Also, it seems that politicians are busy trying to end a problem that is not under their control. For example, a Politician cannot eat for everyone that is unhealthy. Therefore, the best they can do is encourage people in the right direction of healthy eating.
Overall, “What you eat is your business”, written by Radley Balko sums up the amount of control Politicians have in students diet and what should be done to try to get rid of obesity by simply not giving free medicine for those who are unhealthy. Who knows, in the future most will gain self-control so there is not a dependent on the government choosing what to eat for our children.
Balko May 23, 2004, Radley. “What You Eat Is Your Business.” Cato Institute. Radley Balko, 23 May 2004. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.