Jazmine Barajas
English 101.9

Eating for Credit by Alice Waters


Throughout Alice Waters essay she claims that the number of obese children is rising and there should be more people and more activities involved in changing this. She says that children should always have the option in having a healthy meal and should be praised for it when they choose to eat the healthy meal.

  • The rise in Type 2 diabetes experts say that the children we're raising now will probably die younger than their parents--the result of a disease that is largely preventable by diet and exercise.
    • Waters is backing up here claim by saying that if children are exposed to a healthy diet and exercise diseases like diabetes are easily preventable.
  • Physical education in kindergarten through high school was a good start to helping students access fitness but now more and more schools are cutting back on things like recess and gym.
    • Exposing children to gym class helps motivate them to exercise because they are getting a grade for their work in the class. Another argument that supports Waters' argument on getting credit for being healthy.
  • Waters supports her claim by pointing out her own experience in helping children learn about their diets. A project called the "Edible Schoolyard" was established to show children where their foods are coming from and why they are healthy.
    • This project shows that education is key when changing an epidemic like obesity, if children know about their food and what's healthy it will help them make a healthier choice when eating.
  • Most families are not sitting down together to enjoy a home-cooked meal. Most children have the mindset that food should be fast and cheap, typically hamburgers, French fries, and chicken nuggets from the nearest fast-food joint.
    • Parents and families have a great impact on what their children eat, how they eat it, and when. If more families implemented the idea of healthy eating while they raise their children those children have a greater idea of their health.
  • Getting rid of vending machines will keep junk-food and soda out of the hands of children.
  • When children watch foods being grown it lures them into wanting to taste their product. It affects their senses and makes them want to taste and smell the healthy fruits and vegetables.


To end or at least decrease the rising number of obese children, healthy diet choices must be implemented and praised by parents, families, schools, education, and nation-wide projects.


Waters uses all ethos, logos, and pathos. She also uses her own personal experience with helping children learn more about healthy dieting and healthy foods. She is a credible author to this subject because she has worked with these children and still works with healthy food choices everyday when using the highest quality and fresh ingredients in her restaurant.


Major cut backs have been taking place in schools all around our country. It's sad to see that the first to go are gym classes and recess time. Schools can't afford to spend time on physical education and having time to 'play' at lunch because they need to fit in the "more important" classes to prepare for the future. Also, a second choice of healthy foods can get expense to offer and some low-budget schools just can't afford it.


To laugh means to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements. A laugh can derive from a joke or from a sense of awkwardness. You can laugh at, laugh off, or have the last laugh. Synonyms for laugh may be to cackle, giggle, snicker, chuckle, and roar. The noun first attested in 1690 from the verb. Meaning “a cause of laughter” is from 1895. A laugh is said to cure your problems, to make the pain go away after something terrible has happened.

I think in the past they thought laughter was only used when you thought something was funny. Nowadays people laugh because it helps them feel better, easing a tense or awkward situation, people laugh because it’s a way to express how they feel. Everyone has their own sense of humor and everyone has their own types of laugh.

Kurt Vonnegut says, "Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."

I am choosing to write about women's health. I want to find out what women in other countries are being offered in regards to their health and their healthcare situation. I have heard many stories about women being treated unequally in many situations about employment and I want to know if it goes the same for how they are being treated with healthcare.

1) Are women in other countries being offered healthcare at all?
2) Is there an unequal distribution of healthcare with women when compared to men?
3) How do they compare to what is being offered here in America?

Jazmine -- While this is an interesting topic, it might be too narrow and there might not be a lot of information out there about it. The best advice I can give you is to start with some general research using the references you will learn about tonight in class. Use some general search terms like "women" and "health care," and see what you find. These could lead you in a slightly different direction; don't be afraid to adjust your topic based on what you find and what you find particularly interesting. -- Leah