Don 't Blame The Eater Essay

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“Don’t Blame the Eater,” written by David Zinczenko, was first published on November 23, 2002 in the New York Times. The article was written in response to a Jay Leno monologue depicting a newspaper headline describing kids who sued McDonalds for having made them fat. Zinczenko claims that the government should take the initiative to change the way fast-food companies market their food. “What you Eat is your Business” was written by Ray Balko and was first published on the Cato Institute on May 23, 2004. The Cato Institute’s objectives are to create “limited government, individual liberty, free markets, and peace.” Balko is responding to the three-day summit on obesity held by Time and ABC News. Balko claims that instead of intervening in an individual’s diet, “the government should focus on fostering a sense of ownership of our own health and well being.” Zinczenko and Balko wrote both articles when obesity was becoming a huge problem in America. Although Balko fosters emotion within his reader, Zinczenko is able to better relate to his audience, evoke emotion, and establish himself as a trustworthy individual. Firstly, Zinczenko establishes his credibility numerous times within “Don’t Blame the Eater.” Zinczenko writes, “I used to be one of them” when he begins speaking about “portly fast food patrons”. This shows he has personal experience with being obese and with being a frequent fast-food visitor. In this example Zinczenko shows his audience that he is one of them,

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