Response to “Don’t Blame the Reader” Essay

Response to “Don’t Blame the Reader” by David Zinczenko

What is the value of freedom? Not the effort of achieving freedom but the extent of its value. Should an individual control every aspect of their life or should they not? This is an important question when it comes to the fast food industry. Fast food annual revenue is an outstanding 170 billion dollars per year: diabetes has never been higher and yet we are still pondering on a problem that has not been resolved. The problem between people and fast food has been a recent problem in the Unites States with the industry continually growing. The root of the problem is that people are not in taking fast food at a moderate rate and the obesity index is climbing exponentially. This crisis is hard to stop because we all consume food and it’s needed for survival. In the United States you cannot deny a person the right to eat what they want. But yet it’s obvious that the fast food industry has the upper hand when it comes to people picking food. Propaganda techniques like offering toys for the young and advertising around every corner makes it hard for someone to resist the “perks” of fast food. David Zinczenko the editor and chief of Men’s Health explains his point of view of the fast food crisis in his article “Don’t Blame the Eater”. He doesn’t present a solution but his points are crucial to help stop this epidemic. David Zinczenko first points out that since he was a kid all he was offered was fast food and that was the main source of his obesity. Now his personal circumstance of his parents being split up and all he was offered was fast food is believable; it’s just not practical.

The vast majority of children in the United States have a married set of parents. Also the parents who are split don’t all count on fast food to feed their children. His circumstance is acute but it also does bring up a good point. The easy accessibility of fast food contributes to the problem. Who wants to wait in a grocery store line and pick out food that does not appeal as highly as fast food? Who can compete with a dollar burger that you don’t even have to make? It’s impossible. Most fruits cost over a dollar and then you have to pick them out and they still don’t fill your hunger. Fast food covers every corner of America and the chances are that a fast food restaurant is closer than your nearest grocery store. I do agree with Mr. Zinczenko on the fact that fast food calorie count is extremely high and completely makes a mockery of the daily calorie intake of 2000 calories. One meal at McDonald’s for me personally is over double the calorie intake for a day none the less two. You can try all you want to resist the thought of fast food but McDonald’s and Burger king according to Mr. Zinczenko spend 2 billion dollars a year on advertising. The old cliché you can run but you can’t hide takes into effect. You can run to the corner of the earth to avoid the fast food giants but then you will just be running into their bathrooms.Yet on the other point of view according to U.S law fast food has not ran into any violations.

From a legal standpoint fast food is performing within its legal limits. Just like what Mr. Zinczenko says fast food does not follow all the same laws under the F.D.A . All the ingredients and sanitary levels meet regulation. So how can you solve a problem that doesn’t have any problems? You can’t just get rid of fast food because people choose to eat there. I believe the marketing of fast food should be limited. One should not be harassed with advertising 24/7. I also believe that fast food should not be able to advertise with toys just like companies cannot advertise with sex appeal like topless advertising for example. It only makes sense that the root of the problem is not because of the burger but what makes you want the burger. If you had to analysis the situation the burger is garbage. It’s a microwaved food process that involves a patty that has been frozen for how long who knows. It’s the psychological factor that determines the sales of the burger with the correlation of the price.In all we can conclude that a change needs to happen. If for the better or worse fast food needs to be reduced. Dr. Zinczenko shows us that the problem is real and we must all be aware that fast food is taking over more than lunch but our lives. The more people who are aware of the situation the better chance of solution will be found. I’m hoping that one day there is a solution to this crisis but just what Mr. Zinczenko said don’t be surprised if you are the next plaintiff in this ever growing fast food epidemic.