Obesity is one of the most prevalent diseases which are rapidly growing in the United States. I have focused on two articles that enumerate the problem and utilized distinct rhetorical strategies to persuade on the sources of the disease and also the distinct angles of the epidemic that should be prioritized carrying out research for the cure. Analyzing the distinct rhetorical strategies utilized in the posts show that logos statements are an effective option of convincing the reader or listeners on the points. Using ethos and pathos statements is a more efficient form of convincing the reader or listeners to do something about the issue.
The article by Peggy Ward Smith on the obesity issue in the United States outlines the abnormal weight gain disease in the United States. Peggy emphasizes on the significance of conceding the impacts of behavioral treatment on the obese state and improved financial welfare outlining that therapy on behaviour encompasses dynamism on dieting and exercising to promote healthy living. (Ward-Smith 244). Apart from benefiting the obese individuals, the article lays out that for every amount one invests in the treatment, the return is significantly higher indicating a potential increment in the economic benefits.
Peggy continues to elaborate how administration of medicine and operations has proven successful and effective in dealing with obesity. the main aim of the article is to enumerate the effort and strategy the united states needs to take in order to battle the epidemic, not only for the welfare of the obese individuals but also to combat the economic pressure the disease has laid upon the nation. The article by Levitan and Davis: emotions and eating behaviors bears discussions on obesity but takes a distinct approach on the topic and style.
Levitan and Davis start by utilizing an analysis of Jane who has been diagnosed with obesity as a result of eating disorder. The condition erupted as a result of her excessive consumption. The authors enumerate on the causes and initiators of the epidemic. They lay out that having an emotional relationship with foodstuff has a great contribution to obesity development. They describe how some foods are habit forming and thus initiators of the epidemic (Levitan and Davis 784).
They further lay out that presence of brain chemical imbalance has a certain relationship with obesity and further analysis on the issue is significant. The two articles enumerate the issues on obesity in the United States and how it has impacted the states. The two articles however have a conflicting approach on solving the issue and how they convince the readers and listeners on what they believe. The article by Peggy prioritizes on the logos statements and also encompasses hard to grasp ethos and pathos statements.
The article starts by utilizing tabulations in calculating the BMI to aid identify obesity. Her article argues by utilizing rates outlining that in the year two thousand and three, the rates significantly increased (Ward-Smith 242). The article is a significant logos argument as an argument cannot be solely based on statistics and numerical manipulations. Peggy adds more information on the large amounts of capital spending on obesity in the past. The article outlines how the obese individuals utilize a huge amount of the economies funds. It addresses the feeling of nationalism in combating obesity which is enticing an economic downfall in the country.
Peggy also continues to add a pathos argument debating on the adverse judgments and discrimination on the obese individuals. She states that discrimination was not only based on religion and sexuality but also on weight where obese people were highly discriminated (Ward-Smith 242). Peggy enumerates that obesity has been highly associated with biasness and discrimination. The pathos argument utilized connects the reader emotionally to the problem by a small margin. In as much as combination of all the three classes is considered as an influential method to deliver a message, I did not find it necessary to include it as it made the article seem unreliable and not consistent. A large percentage of the article consists of elaborate arguments deduced logically on logos, with details of number of people affected by diseases linked to obesity and the approaches suitable to be a solution to these illnesses for example exercising, dieting and surgery.
Even though the reasoning was to a certain extent persuading, there was limited emotional power to attract the reader’s interest in a way that he or she would regard it seriously and attempt to solve the problem even if they are not exactly victims of obesity. Levitan and Davis’ article differentiate its rhetorical strategy from others in order to have a greater impact on the reader. The use of an association of logos, ethos and pathos reasoning helps the reader come to terms with the problem of obesity hence giving the reader motivation to make a change. The use of a case study at the beginning of the article draws attention to the reader by use of ethos and logos rhetorical strategies. The case study used acts as an example of appealing to ethos since credibility levels are heightened in regard to the reasoning and additionally captures the attention of the reader through pathos since he or she gets into deep awareness of the suffering brought about by obesity which makes the reader want to know more about Jane and try find a solution to her suffering.
It therefore raise awareness using a story rather than percentages, graphs or tables which makes the reader understand the topic of concern better. Instead of drawing all attention to the medical aspect of obesity for instance in Ward-Smith article, Levitan and Davis outlines the addictive nature and relationship with foodstuff likely to initiate obesity (Levitan and Davis 784). It therefore, leads to development of obesity issues. A much detailed pathos point of view is given which relate obesity with state of mind and how it affects ones standard of living (Levitan and Davis 785). The reasoning is added weight by inclusion of a logos argument that obesity treatment poses a challenge as food deserts have prevalently developed making fast food more preferable (Levitan and Davis 785).
The association of obesity to genetic variations is a strong argument which is important in pathos since the reader can comprehend that obesity can be as a result of incontrollable factors. The shedding of light on obesity supports the pathos argument outlines that the mind gets addicted to foodstuffs just as it does with drugs (Levitan and Davis 789). Both articles however present powerful arguments on the issue of obesity hence giving the reader more details on the problem
Ward-Smith, Peggy. “Obesity-America’s health crisis.” Urologic nursing 30.4 (2010): 242.
Levitan, Robert D., and Caroline Davis. “Emotions and eating behaviour: Implications for the current obesity epidemic.” University of Toronto Quarterly 79.2 (2010): 783-799.