Fast Food and Personal Responsibility

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write a Formal academic critique of the following text: Fast Food and Personal Responsibility by Ninos P. Malek. found on:

Focus on the writing and not the information


• Formatting guidelines: APA style (Times New Roman, size 12 font, double-spaced, with normal margins. Make sure you include page headers and a title page, all in correct APA format.)
• Referencing (in text and end of text) must be in APA Style

Consider the following when reading the assigned text:
• The elements of the rhetorical situation
• Content (including support strategies, rhetorical appeals, and logical fallacies)
• Organization
• Language
• Style

• Introduces article by FULL title, author’s name, and complete main idea

• Provides relevant background information on the author’s qualifications and credentials

• Draws conclusion about author’s credibility based on above

• Summarizes article focusing on main idea and sub ideas ONLY. No examples or quotes.

• Raises objection (or agreement) about support strategies

• Supplies evidence for objection (or agreement), focusing, for example, on lack of varied support strategies, overuse of particular support strategies, weak support (for example, out of date studies and surveys, unqualified experts), heavily weighted on anecdotal evidence, use of informal fallacies, author bias, etc.

• Focuses conclusion on recommendations to improve argument; closes with opinion on argument/topic being critiqued

• Proofread for grammar and spelling mistakes



The article “Fast Food and Personal Responsibility”, by Ninos P. Malek, who teaches the principles of microeconomics, macroeconomics, and the economics of social issues, discusses  claims that people make concerning fast food chains, which is not the author’s area of expertise (Malek, 2003). Fast Food was started in California, and it had spread into the entire country. The growth of the fast food industry made a huge change in the economy, agriculture, employment practice, and mainly on the health and physical shape of the population (Howard, 2015). Considering all facts that were stated in the article, I personally believe that the people’s suffering from the diseases and poor health have no right to blame anyone else except themselves because it is them who are responsible. The person buys the fast food on their own because they have a freedom to do that. In addition, people eat unhealthy food on their own because it is their choice (Freeman, 2007). Therefore, it is significant to understand the concept of personal responsibility in order to stop the madness that was predicted by the Thomas DiLorenzo and James T. Bennett.


The article talks about the need for people to make informed decisions regarding the consumption of fast foods. Malek blames consumers for their problems. She asserts that fast food companies are not to blame for the rise of the fast food culture. Consumers have to take………………………

However, there is a slight problem with the manner in which Malek defends the availability of information. Malek assumes that everyone gets access to such information. Some individuals have little knowledge on how to use computers, let alone access the internet. Therefore, even if fast food companies place warning information on their websites, such people that lack computer skills remain in the dark. They cannot access such information and end up making wrong choices. At this point the aspect of responsibility shifts to the companies that make fast foods. I think the best way Malek could explore the aspect of the availability of information should be based on the level of awareness (Brownell, et al., 2010). She should answer the question; how have the fast food companies created awareness on the adverse effects of their products? Do such companies sponsor healthy eating programs or put advertisements warning people about the danger of fast foods? Ninos Malek’s analysis of responsibility is one sided. I believe that the issue of responsibility involves both the consumers and the food companies. Food companies have the moral responsibility of creating awareness on the dangers of their products (Brownell, et al., 2010). Besides, the companies have to ensure that everyone gets that information. Consumers can them make decisions based on that information.

Furthermore, Malek claims that the organizations are not to blame for people’s woes (Malek, 2003). I differ with her on that point. Although people have the responsibility of making good choices, these fast food companies have also taken advantage of people’s naivety, weaknesses and desires to market their food products (Grossman, Tekin, & Wada, 2012). How else does one explain the fact that some of the fast food companies create marketing campaigns that target children? Most of these children are enticed to eat fast foods because of their naivety and lack of knowledge on the adverse effects of foods. This explains the reason many school going children are obese. The fact that there are unhealthy foods in schools illustrates how these big corporations take advantage of children (Grossman, Tekin, & Wada, 2012). Children are weak and cannot make informed decisions. Therefore, the fast food companies are also to blame for the rise in obesity caused by ingesting fast foods………………