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This essay is a study of how two articles, “I Help People Recover From Disordered
Eating. Don ’t Give Your Child This App.” and “It’s Hard to Be Hungry on Spring Break”,
both published in The New York Times make use of rhetorical devices to appeal to the targeted
audience and achieve their goals. The first article on disordered eating is analyzed, followed
by that concerning the poor access to food in college campuses during the spring break. This
analysis entails examples from the articles in order to show how these rhetorical devices are
used and then their efficiency is considered.
The article “I Help People Recover From Disordered Eating. Don ’t Give Your Child
This App.” written by the dietitian Christy Harrison is published in “The New York Times”
(Harrison) and targeted to the larger audience, especially to parents who have overweight
children and have the intention of putting them on a diet. She argues against the app which the
brand Weight Watchers- a famous diet company- put out on the market for children. Her claim
is that the attempts to make a child lose weight are very ineffective and can cause other health
issues down the road. She argues that there is a substantial amount of research done on adults
who tried dieting, and the studies confirm that around 90% or even more of the diets fail long
term as people gain the weight back within five years. As far as children are concerned, there
isn’t a conclusive amount of research done until now and the author claims that the studies on
which the Weight Watchers app is built on are not trustworthy.
The dietitian’s opinion is that putting your child on the diet will cause repeated cycles
of weight loss and gain which can harm the child’s physical health. She says that the real danger
to children’s health is not weight, but weight stigma, or fatphobia, as studies find that this can
pose a greater overall health risk compared to a high BMI. Being put on a diet while growing
up is linked to mental health issues such as eating disorders. The author therefore concludes
that forcing a diet onto a child is more likely to have a negative impact on their overall health
rather than help them lose weight. She proposes intuitive eating...
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