David Zinczenko’s “Don’t Blame the Eater”
“Don’t Blame the Eater”
David Zinczenko is a committed ambassador of good health as illustrated by his characteristic career path in the line of health literature. Having worked with Men’s Health inspired his direct involvement in content that addresses health issues of Americans particularly the children. In his article, “Don’t blame the eater,” the author demonstrates that people have lost a sense of self-conservativeness as they exploit their freedom of choice and go for junks that affect their health, and nonchalantly blame fast-food restaurants for their misery.
Zinczenko begins by laying a background by citing aspects that prompt kids of opting for McDonalds and other criminals of diet (362). Like his case, parenting partly takes the blame especially for families that go through a divorce while having to get into other commitments to foot their daily bills. With their continuous absence, kids would have to figure their meal, and thus, junks become the first choice for many. While this may be the case, one finds an author that uses a single case related to his life to make a general conclusion about the entire America. In fact, the issue is not just about parenting; it is about American culture that has made it a tradition to rely on processed food. Even parents who would be better informed than their kids are adding on weight from frequent visits to Taco Bell.
The author excellently points out a lifestyle that would turn lives around by a choice and will to manage one’s diet (363). He underscores the role of organizations established in such places of institutions of learning where he was able to change his attitude towards diet. This could be a shout out to schools, which spend too much time with kids, to formulate programs that inform on health. He reckons that most cases of diabetic sicknesses were attributed to genetic disorders, but that is not the case today. He cites the National Institute of health to justify his claim that food causes more than 30% of Type 2 diabetes. In this light, the author can shed some light on how lifestyles and choice of food have become a health hazard. Although there many causes of diabetes, one would agree with the author that a factor that was supposed to have people healthy is now an insult to their health. Nevertheless, Zinczenko should have tried to cite a vast range of sources to justify this claim. A reader would have to go beyond the text to gather more information.
Zinczenko further provides some statistics that underscore the overall effect of the bad choice of diet on the national budget. As early as 1969, the amount spent on diabetes annually was not more than $ 2.6 billion. Today, the amount spent is more than $ 100 billion a year. The timing of such information could not have been better especially at a time when the society is straining economically. Funds that could otherwise be used in other developmental activities are being channeled towards the health sector. Such sectors as education have had to suffer as there is little left to foster improvement. Other areas as infrastructure establishment in the society are just not in good shape due to misdirected funds. The author reminds everyone that this will always be the case as long as people are not compelled to change their eating habits.
Moreover, the author brings up a worrying issue in the form of lack of alternative sources of healthier food. The distribution of fast food restaurants in all cities is can tell the story. They are in thousands. As such, people have no places to purchase healthier stuff as fruits. Zinczenko laments how such fast food restaurants are never willing to provide calorie information (463). The packaging hides the details that would otherwise save a population. Some of these restaurants provide information on their websites but is not satisfactory. The interpretation reveals misrepresented figures. As such, many consume more than the recommended amount of calories per day. The outcome is an obese population that calls for more expenses regarding health. The author does well to bring out this issue, as the fast food restaurants should be responsible enough in addressing aspects that affect the American public. One would agree that as much as people consume by choice; such information would guide them in making informed decisions. It would serve as a warning and possibly save lives.
Concisely, the author demonstrates that social backgrounds are shaping people’s eating culture. The approach used in parenting is leaving the children and adults with the freedom of making the choices. Nevertheless, people should assume the responsibility for eating wisely. The extent of obesity and diabetes is worrying today an element that has ballooned the health budget. If the fast food providers provided enough information, people would know what they are eating. Although the author offers a range of statistics to support his arguments, it would have been appropriate to cite more related sources to enhance the content and credibility of his information.
Zinczenko, David. “Don’t blame the eater.” Graff, Gerald, Cathy Birkenstein and Russel K. Durst. “They Say/I Say”: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing: with Readings. W.W. Norton & Company, 2009. 262-264.