Raley Balko's Essay 'What You Eat Is Your Business'

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Food has become such a political and controversial matter in America, and in the articles Radley Balko, Judith Warner, and Mary Maxfield have wrote they explain how and why. As Americans when we go out to eat it is always a big decision to decide where people want to eat, but for most instead of a sit down meal its fast food. Many people know the risks of the food they consume, but they don’t care, why they don’t care is the real problem. In the article “What You Eat Is Your Business” by Radley Balko, the author points out that “We’re becoming less responsible for our own health and more responsible for everyone else’s…And if the government is paying for my anti-cholesterol medication, what incentive is there for me to put down the cheeseburger?” (396-397) Americans need to start holding themselves and the food companies responsible for their bad habits. The well-being of the people becomes a public situation when we force the public to pay for consequences of others. Author Mary Maxfield of “Food as…show more content…
Is all that’s in there junk food or soda? Judith Warner author of “Junking Junk Food” explains that “more than two-thirds of American adults are indeed fat (overweight or obese) and 17 percent of children and adolescence are obese.” (401) We need to be teaching adults as well as children wholesome, safe, and healthier eating habits. If people look up anything about the health of America and obesity you will find some new diet pill or plan that just came out on the market, Maxfield explains to us that it is not coincidental “America’s $50-billion-per-year diet industry.” (444) We need to show everyone new ways, and how healthy eating should be desirable so that it might hopefully be the new American way. Warner points out that “you can’t change specific eating behavior without addressing that way of life-without changing our culture of

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