David H. Freedman, contributing editor who wrote a couple of books on issues relating to science, technology, and health, posted a blog on The Atlantic website called How Junk Food Can End Obesity that got a lot of negative attention. He believes that making processed food healthier will be a key factor in our fight against the obesity epidemic. He criticized heath nutritious methods of how to eat better by saying that he couldn’t stomach the healthy “bitter” food. Junk foods are a lot more delicious, quicker, and cheaper to eat. He encourages people that it is okay to eat junk food as long you don’t overdo it. This summary response is going to be about my opinion on Freedman’s thesis How Junk Food Can End Obesity.
Despite the angry backlash to his thesis, Freedman was not surprised when he saw people reacted the way they did. “Here are several articles that have been written in response to my recent article,” wrote Freedman on his blog, Fat & Skinner. “They are, not surprisingly, highly critical of it.” He states that there is no clear evidence that any aspect of food processing or storage that makes a food uniquely unhealthy. The media has been broadcasting to promoting news that all processed food is bad and is making us sickly and overweight.
Freedman points out to a recent study that Americans get 11 percent of their calories, on average, from fast food a number, much higher among the less affluent overweight. Thus, the fast-food industry may be uniquely positioned to improve our diets. If we give it time, it could be enough to literally tip the scales for many obese people looking to lose weight. “The difference between losing weight and not losing weight,” says Robert Kushner, the obesity scientist and clinical, “Is a few hundred calories a day.” However, no serious tax proposal has yet been made in the United States, and if one comes along, food industry and most consumers will team up opposing it. Denmark did manage to enact a fat tax but it failed when people went next door into Germany and Sweden to stock up on their beloved junk food.
“The food they’re cooking up is making people sick,” Michael Pollan, a journalism professor at the University of California, has said about the big food companies. Freedman explains that scientists would find a nice career boost from turning up the hidden dangers in some common food industry ingredient or technique, in part because any number of advocacy groups and journalists are ready to pounce on the slightest hint of risk. We enjoying eating salt, sugar, and fat, ensuring that we come to crave them and often eat more of them than we should. Pullan’s anti-foodie tirade is more confident that the trendy ways of eating keep us fat seems a “little muddy”. Freedman’s skepticism can be picky. He doesn’t think that buying foods at healthy food markets like Trader Joe’s will make us thinner.
Junk food may not go far, but Freedman states that people have other ways to produce big food to intensify and speed up its efforts to cut fat and problem carbs in its offerings. We can keep pushing our health-care system to provide more incentives and support to the obese for losing weight by making small, painless, but helpful changes in their behavior.
I disagree with Freedman’s view that it is not good to eat junk food because recent research has shown the food that has a lot of sugar, fat, and genetically modified organism can maybe mess us up in the inside. To make an example, imagine yourself born into a less fortunate Asian country and your only food was rice that had no vitamin A in it, you go blind then sadly maybe fall to be one of the 555,000 people that die like that every year. A company like Monsanto came along and offered you created modified genetic golden rice that can help your eyes sight, has vitamin A, and potently can save your life. Soon later, the golden rice was scripted because it didn’t work and for the average 11-year-old boy to get enough vitamin A from rice he would have to eat 27 bowls per day. The reason for blindness is not because there’s a lack of vitamin A in the rice, it is because of their diets are simply just rice. People can argue that when altering food they do it for good intentions to help people but should we mess with mother nature? It is very important to know what we inject or alter into our food will go into our bodies which stuff like that would need to be tested more on how it can affect us and plants and animals around us which I feel that Freedman has over looked.
Freedman, David. “They Say, I Say.” How Junk Food Can End Obesity. Pg. 506-537. Book 2013
Engber, Daniel. “War On Foodies.” Slate. Website. 2013
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