Dont Blame the Eater Essay

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“Don’t Blame the Eater” by David Zinczeko. In his article “Don’t Blame the Eater,” David Zinczenko argues that today’s fast food chains fill the nutritional void in children’s lives left by their overtaxed working parents. With many parents working long hours and unable to supervise what their children eat, Zinczenko claims, children today regularly turn to low-cost, calorie-laden foods that the fast food chains are too eager to supply. When Zinczenko himself was a young boy, for example, and his single mother was away at work, he ate at Taco Bell, McDonald’s, and other chains on a regular basis, and ended up overweight. Zinzenko’s hope is that with the new spate of lawsuits against the food industry, other children with working…show more content…
Of course it is much easier to find a fast food restaurant with unhealthy food than it is a grocery store with healthy food, it is still up to the parents to teach the youth proper healthy eating and living.If people expect different results, they have to work for them. Also, Zinczenko mentions how teenagers can not necessarily find healthier places to eat instead of fast-food places. It is pretty hard to find a healthier alternative to fast-food when you’re an overweight teenager with a car and a hungry stomach. It is very easy to walk into your neighborhood Jewel or Super Target and buy a pre-made turkey sandwich and an apple for about the same price as a fast food meal. These grocery stores are just as plentiful as the unhealthy fast food restaurants, and are just as easy to purchase food from. The foods bought from these grocery stores also have the nutrition facts printed right on them, so the consumer always knows what he is eating. Fast-food industries may try to “target children in their ads”, but it ultimately comes down to the adults-the parents- choosing to dine at these places and pork up their kids on the high-sugar sodas, salty French fries, and greasy burgers. If they would just take the time to look out the window, they would see the healthy alternatives to fast-food, and how the alternatives are literally right in front of
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