Forks Over Knives Analysis

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Forks over Knives is effective in using scare tactics to show the harmful effects that consuming meat and dairy products has on the body, but offers the opposition a very small opportunity to defend and support their own case. This film does a wonderful job bringing in facts and showing the audience how bad American health truly is. Forks over Knifes states that the average American now carries an extra twenty-three pounds of weight. That number is absolutely mind boggling, and demonstrates that the state of American health is concerning. This extra weight can contribute to numerous different diseases in children and adults, and it also might lead to early death in some cases. This unhealthy lifestyle has a huge impact on everyone in the United …show more content…
The main patient that was followed throughout the film was actually the author Lee Fulkerson. I believe that he is not only doing this for his own good, but instead to communicate with our ethical appeals. He is using ethos not only to add credibility and trustworthiness to his film, but it also gives him the right to add this own expert testimony to his case. Mr. Fulkerson reveals that he is not a healthy person and up to that point has eaten whatever he wanted. Dr. Matt Lederman and Dr. Alona Pulde examine Lee and inform him that he is in fact very unhealthy and at a high risk for a heart attack. Lee then commits to a 12-week program that would be under the supervision of Dr. Matt Lederman. The completion of this program shows that Mr. Fulkerson has become a completely different person. He is much healthier, has a ton of energy, happier, and no longer at risk for a heart attack. I believe that Lee completing this 12-week program really connects with the emotional aspect of the audience. This film uses pathos by having the audience show pity for Mr. Fulkerson after his scary diagnose at the doctor’s office, but at the end have the audience feel happiness and respect for Lee as he completed his tough medical journey. This film also follows patients that were already diagnosed with various diseases. One patient had been suffering from …show more content…
This film offers the opposition of this topic virtually no time to give their side of the story. I believe that to have a successful argument, the audience should have the right to hear both sides of the story before they start making their own ideas. Connie Diekman, food expert, was only given a small opportunity to explain why eating animal meat is important. This film also does not offer any negatives that could come from switching diets. They fail to mention how prices of these organic food might make it impossible for certain families and students to make the switch. This film should show that any person with any kind of economic background can have the opportunity to switch. Forks over Knives never talk about the concept of balance. They give off the impression that all Americans eat crazy portions of meat and dairy products. They over-exaggerate to scare the audience more and to get their point across. If Forks over Knives tried to convince the audience to eat less meat and dairy products instead of completely cutting them out of our diets, they might be more successful. The diet would be less effective at the beginning, but if they teach Americans to take baby steps more change will ultimately come. This film should also provide steps and

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