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Daniel Weintraub The Battle Against Fast Food Essay

Daniel Weintraub Essay

962 WordsDec 23rd, 20124 Pages

Victor Camacho Jr.
11/10/12
EXP WRIT P.1

WEINTRAUB "The Battle against fast food begins at home" ESSAY

According to his article, “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins In The Home”, the author, columnist and blogger Daniel Weintraub, argues parents, not fast-food companies or the government are responsible for their child's health and well being. Weintraub supports this claim by providing data from the Center For Public Health Advocacy on the subject of overweight schoolchildren, State law recommendations outlining nutritional standards, and his own experience with the problem. Weintraub intends to convince or persuade the parents or parent to accept the blame for their overweight child. From my standpoint, however, it is clear the…show more content…

I understand a working parent has barely enough time to watch over every little detail in the kids life, but an effort should be made not only by the parent, but also by the fast-foods to take at least some of the responsibility for making schoolchildren, and not to mention Americans in general, overweight. Advertisement towards children should be to promote healthy eating, which it currently is, however not so much back in 2003 where, according to David Barboza's article “If You Pitch It, They Will Eat”, “Product tie-ins are everywhere.” This holds true to this day, McDonalds has toys with their happy meals from two popular kids shows. Power Rangers and My Little Pony, which appeal to young boys and girls who know of or watch the show. It is a marketing strategy, the kids see the toys and watch the show, which in turn makes them want the toys, making them want to watch the shows. Continuing in an endless loop that only benefits the shows and most of all the fast-food companies like McDonalds.
Not only is it excessively advertised, but fast-food is also the most available kind of food around. Weintraub may be able to avoid providing his kids with fast-food, but most don't have the luxury to provide home cooked meals everyday, so the easy alternative is ready made fast-foods. It's not that they aren't good parents, but rather very busy ones, most likely with work to provide enough to eat. The parent could try to find

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Presentation on theme: "Fast Food Essay."— Presentation transcript:

1 Fast Food Essay

2 Introduction Your introduction must have the following components:
HookIntroduce title(s) and author(s) of the article(s)Thesis

3 Sample IntroductionAmerica is now known as the fattest country in the world. Many Americans blame the fast food industry for over-advertising, selling unhealthy food, and selling oversized portions. However, others feel that America’s obesity is a matter of personal responsibility. In his article, “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in the Home,” Daniel Weintraub explains that parents need to take responsibility for the eating habits of their kids. He is absolutely right. Parents are responsible for their children and are to blame when their children become overweight.

4 Introduction Analysis
Hook: America is now known as the fattest country in the world.Title/Author: In his article, “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in the Home,” Daniel Weintraub explains that parents need to take responsibility for the eating habits of their kids.Thesis: Parents are responsible for their children and are to blame when their children become overweight.

5 Your TurnLook at the introduction that you were asked to write last week. Does it contain the following:HookAuthor and Title IntroductionThesis

6 Body ParagraphsYour body paragraphs prove your thesis. They provide the reasoning behind your argument.Each body paragraph must be about one topic/reason.DO NOT SUMMARIZE the article in your body paragraphs.

7 Body ParagraphsIn your body paragraphs, you are making “claims” about why things happened.You must use quotations from the article(s) to support your claims.On the next slides, we will look at one body paragraph that does not contain support, and then the same paragraph that contains support.

8 Sample Body Paragraph without Support
Parents have a lot of influence on their children from the day their child is born. Children learn how to talk from their parents, how to respect their elders, and they learn should about food and exercise from their parents too. There are many steps to take in showing a child what is healthy and unhealthy. A parent could make sure that a child receives a serving of fruits or vegetables at lunch and dinner, eliminate soda from the house, and even eliminate all junk food.

9 Sample Body Paragraph WITH Support
Parents have a lot of influence on their children from the day their child is born. Children learn how to talk from their parents, how to respect their elders, and they should learn “healthy eating and exercising habits” from their parents (Weintraub 30). There are many steps to take in showing a child what is healthy and unhealthy. A parent could make sure that a child receives a serving of fruits or vegetables at lunch and dinner, eliminate soda from the house, and even eliminate all junk food. Children are overweight because their parents don’t take these steps. Therefore, Weintraub is right, “It’s the fault of parents who let their kids eat unhealthy foods and sit in front of the television or computer for hours at a time.”

10 Body Paragraph Analysis
Both of the quotations are set up in a way that gives context to the article, and they are used to support the arguments.Parents are responsible for teaching their children healthy eating habits.Parents are responsible for making sure their children exercise.

11 Look at the worksheet provided
ExampleEvidenceExplanationBrownlee mentions that when we were young, we ate a happy meal and we were satisfied with the amount of food we ate.“…a small bag of french fries, a plain burger and a 12-ounce Coke seemed like a full meal. Fast food wasn’t any healthier back then; we simply ate a lot less of it” (5).Brownlee states that the amount of food people eat is much more than needed. Since people eat more, people gain more weight. However, it is the restaurants who decide on how much is sold. Therefore, it is the fault of the restaurants who make America obese.

12 Your TurnOn the worksheet provided, find evidence to support your claims in your essay.Example column: state your claim/reasonEvidence column: find a quotation to support your claim/reason (be sure to include author and paragraph numbers).Explanation column: explain how the quotation supports your claim/reason and therefore your thesis.

13 Use the worksheet for your Body Paragraphs
ExampleEvidenceExplanationBrownlee mentions that when we were young, we ate a happy meal and we were satisfied with the amount of food we ate.“…a small bag of french fries, a plain burger and a 12-ounce Coke seemed like a full meal. Fast food wasn’t any healthier back then; we simply ate a lot less of it” (5).Brownlee states that the amount of food people eat is much more than needed. Since people eat more, people gain more weight. However, it is the restaurants who decide on how much is sold. Therefore, it is the fault of the restaurants who make America obese.

14 Sample Body ParagraphFast food restaurants are serving too much food. Brownlee mentions that when we were young, we ate a happy meal and we were satisfied with the amount of food we ate. She says, “[A] small bag of french fries, a plain burger and a 12-ounce Coke seemed like a full meal. Fast food wasn’t any healthier back then; we simply ate a lot less of it” (5). Brownlee states that the amount of food people eat is much more than needed. Since people eat more, people gain more weight. However, it is the restaurants who decide on how much is sold. Therefore, it is the fault of the restaurants who make America obese.

15 Your TurnWrite a body paragraph of your own using the Example, Evidence, Explanation worksheet provided.Be sure to properly set-up your quotation.

16 ConclusionsYour conclusion for a Research essay should do the following:Sum up your pointsGive a final thought/lesson learnedAll conclusions must:Restate the Title and AuthorRestate the thesis and pointsConclusions do not:Make new claimsSay: “In conclusion…”Say: “This is why I think that…”Say: “Now I’ve told you why…”

17 Sample ConclusionIt is a fact that America is getting fatter and fatter. However, life doesn’t have to be this way. As Daniel Weintraub points out in his article, “The Battle Against Fast Food Begins in the Home,” parents are responsible. America will start losing some of its pounds once parents teach their children proper eating and exercise habits. Hopefully then America will have a generation of healthy eaters and therefore will lose weight.

18 Your Turn Write your own conclusion. Remember the following:
Restate the title and authorRestate your thesis and claimsGive a final comment/lesson learnedAvoid saying, “In conclusion…”Avoid saying, “This is why I think that…”