“Junking Junk Food” Summary and Response

The article “Junking Junk Food” by Judith Warner discusses the effects of the government trying to limit the kinds and amount of food we eat as a nation. Americans way of life is being threatened by trying to take away their free choice and will of choosing what and how much to eat. The majority of Americans today are either overweight or obese, and the Obama administration and the first lady Michelle Obama are tackling this issue by teaching people, especially children, that eating healthy and practicing healthy eating habits is the best choice. Food rationing programs that took place during World War two took on the approach of getting to people through both nutritional and psychological approaches. These two methods proved to be affective because it allowed people believe that they were both helping the public welfare and eating healthy at the same time. Cultural attitudes are the thing that is needed to be altered in order for there to be a true change in the ways the Americans eat and live their lives. Cigarettes were once popular, and now are seen as disgusting and deadly; fatty and processed foods can too be changed to be seen as socially unacceptable and gross.

I really liked the argument this article posed on the fact that we can eventually make fatty and processed foods seem “uncool” and gross. I do agree with the fact that some Americans do feel like the government needs to take a step back from trying to control their every aspect of American culture, not every treat such as an occasional cookie is a bad or terrible thing. I believe that Obama and the first lady are doing at least one good thing by embracing this healthy eating lifestyle campaign. The fact of the matter is that we need to start reshaping the American cultures standards by educating everyone young and old that if you eat these cheap and easy fast foods, you will have a higher change of becoming overweight, and have potential health risks.


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2 Responses to “Junking Junk Food” Summary and Response

  1. Jacqueline McCabe says:

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I agree with your statement that we need to start educating both young and old people on the risks that are involved with unhealthy eating habits. People will never begin to change the way that they eat until they begin to realize the real long-term damage they are causing themselves. President Obama and the first lady’s campaign is a first step in the right direction.

  2. Maggie Deacon says:

    I like what you have said about this article. I agree that it is really neat that they are taking unhealthy eating into a cultural idea. I think that they are right in saying that our culture will change the outlook on foods and the way people eat rather than just the government trying to change ideas. I believe more people respond to culture changes rather than government changes.

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