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Leslie Mena
Professor Altman
English 113A
9 September 2014
Dont Blame the Eater
In the short article, Dont Blame the Eater by David Zinczenko, the author is trying to
get the adults of America to make wiser decision when thinking about fast food. Hes not only
worried for the adults and their bad eating habits, but also for the children. Zinczenko wanted
Americans to not blame themselves for being obese, but to blame the fast food restaurants. Fast
food restaurants main goal is to sell, they dont care about the damages done to ones body. The
author related to other Americans because when he was a kid his parents got divorced and he
lived with his single mom who would work long hours and wouldnt have time to go home and
make dinner so he would pick from a variety of different fast food restaurants. The author uses
logos when stating the following, Type 2 diabetes accounts for at least 30 percent of all new
childhood cases of diabetes in this country. He suggests that more restaurants start putting food
labels to reduce that percentage. He was an obese kid himself and doesnt want others to follow
in his footsteps, but lucky for him he chose a different direction when he joined the navy. He
wants his readers to know that its never to late to try and get healthy and hopes that they keep
their eyes open to see the good from the bad.

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Being Fat is OK
Being Fat is OK is a short article written by Paul Campos that lets us know that the
government may not always be on our side when it comes to health. His intended purpose was to
get us to understand that not everything the government say is true. According to the government
anyone with a BMI of 25 or higher is overweight but Campos thinks otherwise. Paul Campos is
man who runs approximately 40 miles a week and is in the overweight categories due to his
weight. He wants his audience to understand that even though the government considers him to
be overweight, he is not because he has muscle, which makes him heavier. The text has ethos
because we believe the government just because they are the government and were raised to
believe what they say. Campos wrote, the American diet industry is $50 billion a year scam that
provides its customers with totally ineffective cures for an imaginary disease, what he means by
that is that the government will make us believe we have something wrong with our health to get
our money. He wants us to open our eyes and see beyond what the government says and being
what Americans consider fat may not be fat at all.

Junking Junk Food

In the article Junking Junk Food the author, Judith Warner, talks about what the
government suggest that we should be eating and what we should be doing about our health. She
talked about their new strategies to help us stay healthy and have started to ban things, for
example, they banned the sell of sodas at schools. But Warner thinks theirs a different way of
doing things by not taking away our right to eating. She wants those who always agree with the
government take a step back and try to understand things from her perspective. Instead of taking
our right to eating food away, she thinks there should be different options. For examples, fries

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with fulfillment-and replacing them with a new circuitry, her point is that almost all foods can
be substituted and can still be equally as delicious. So instead of the government banning some
of our favorite foods, they can make it to a healthier but still equally as delicious substitute.

What You Eat Is Your Business

What You Eat is Your Business by Radley Balko, is an article about how the author
doesnt agree with the government and how they manipulate the citizens to live a healthier
lifestyle because he thinks everyone should take credit for their actions. His logic is since we are
all adults and make our own choices of what goes into our bodies, we should live up to those
choices and pay for our own medicine. He is unhappy with the fact that people who arent
healthy dont have to pay a lot for health care; he finds it unfair because everyone else is paying
for their medicine. Radley Balko said, The best way to alleviate the obesity public health
crisis is to remove obesity from the realm of public health. he said that because we make our
own decisions about what we eat and others shouldnt have to be in the fault for that. Being
unhealthy is something that can be prevented, people dont have to be obese if they made the
right decisions. The author used ethos by making us think the way he thinks and to seeing a
different perspective. Balko believes that people would take it more serious when they have to
start paying from their own pocket.

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Zinczenko, David. "Don't Blame the Eater." 22 Nov. 2002. Wed. 09 Sept. 2014.

Campos, Paul. "Being Fat Is OK." N.p., 23 Apr. 2001. Wed. 9 Sept. 2014.

Warner, Judith. Junking Junk Food. Wed. 9 Sept. 2014.

Balko, Radley. What You Eat Is Your Business. 23 May 2004. Wed. 09 Sept. 2014