February 08, 2017
Choose The Life You Want To Live
This article is mainly talking about kids trying to sue McDonald’s for the food quality they serve and also how fast food can be a big problem to our country. The article Don’t Blame the Eater published by DAVID ZINCZENKO starts it off by kids suing the McDonald’s restaurant because the food they serve, very unhealthy and can cause a major harm to the human body. The article gave a great example of a kid growing up eating fast food almost every day. The kid didn’t really have an option to eat fast food or something that was homemade because the way he was raised. The reason why he didn’t have a choice was because his parents were separated and he lived with his mother that worked long hours. Meaning he had to eat fast food because no one was home to make food. In the other hand, his father was out there trying to figure it out and get his life together. He had a couple of options for what to eat but they were all fast food places, knowing mostly all fast food places are very unhealthy. Something interesting that came to mind was, how can we find a solution to all this unhealthy food in our county? People should be making better options on what they eat on a daily basis.
How did fast food ruin this kids childhood? Growing up eating fast food changed his life in a major bad way. He gains a lot of weight, “he was fifteen years old, five foot ten and weighs over 212 pounds” – David. For a fifteen-year-old healthy level would be around 150 pounds. He was considered overweight, but lucky when he got to college and became an adult he decided to join the Navy. “He involved himself with health magazines and also learned how to manage his diet” -David. In the end, he made it out of his overweight situation. He had overcome his addiction, eating fast food almost every day. But many kids don’t really think about their health at a young age until it becomes a serious problem in their future.
The article provided us with some information about how studies show how our obesity population has been increasing. Back in 1994, the article mentioned “debates children’s genetic disorder was at five percent and increased to thirty percent” -David. It also shows how much money they spend on the Centers for Disease Control and the Prevention estimate diabetes. They spend 2.6 billion dollars in 1969 and increasing in a major way to 100 million dollars. But the article thought that our country has a big part of this problem for creating thousands of fast-food places everywhere. Companies are smart due to the article, companies find ways how to trick Americans on displacing the calorie charts.They make food charts harder to read and understand so people would fall for it and buy.
In my opinion, i feel like we all have our own option on eating healthy or unhealthy. Parents should know that they have a big part in life, they should raise their kids in the track of all the bad and good things. Parents can’t make choices for them but they should at least be raised the right way. Everyone has the right to live however they want to live. By saying that kids should not be suing fast food places. We all have choices to make and if someone decides to make bad choices then that’s on them. Growing up with family problems or parents being separated can be very difficult because they might struggle like the example they gave in the article. But everyone has the power and knowledge to overcome big problems and make right choices for them selfs.
When I was young I went through many family problems. Growing up with family problems made me think very differently. I actually learned from others mistakes, I toke the bad decisions others made and learned from them. Don’t think I learned from random people’s mistakes, the mistakes I learned from were from people I really care for. It was difficult at points for me but I knew I had to stay focus and stay healthy. I can see the kids point of view from the article but he could have found a way around the problem and not eat as much fast food. I’m not saying it would have been easy for him but it could have been possible. It could be very difficult for someone to find the way around it, but something I learned was that nothing is impossible. Something he could have done was prepare his own meals at home.
The way the percentage of diabetes increased from in the past eight years, our country should be trying to find a solution. A solution that will save us money and not harm people with all the food they serve us at fast food places. I feel like every year that goes by the percentage keeps going higher and higher. Our number one way to stop the percentage going up should be making fast food places with healthier meals. I’m not saying make everything healthy but make half the menu healthy. The unhealthy food should be more expense so that way Americans can buy the healthy food instead of the unhealthy. So, in that case, our country would be making the same amount of money but with healthier meals. Or they should get healthier ingredients and still serve the same food, that could be another option.
I think how we should all think is helping all each other out. People not suing companies for no reason but food companies should be serving meals that don’t harm us and can affect out future in a major way. The whole point of all this is to make everything benefit everyone the same. We are all people and we all want the best for each other. And the money we spend on the food we buy should be used to make our country a better and healthier. It just a cycle that would benefit all of us as a country, we don’t sue them and we get provided with healthy food and the companies make the same amount of money. And our country would also save billions of dollars in health care costs. And if our government really cared for us Americans he should start figuring out how to solve this worldwide problem. And make our country better and stronger.
Website Title: The New York Times
Article Title: Don’t Blame the Eater
Publisher: The New York Times
Electronically Published: November 22, 2002
Date Accessed: February 22, 2017
Author: David Zinczenko