Rhetorical Analysis Of What You Eat Is Your Business

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As I was being asked to analyze Radley Balko’s article, “What You Eat Is Your Business” and make a recommendation for or against publication in The Shorthorn at University of Texas at Arlington. I have examined the rhetorical appeals of Balko’s piece and determined of why this article should be posted in the next edition of The Shorthorn. I believe that most Shorthorn audience would be interested in what is being discussed regard of obesity, things that could potentially affect their lifestyle, which is an important controversial issue for students and as well as professors. In “What You Eat Is Your Business”, Balko claims that obesity is responsibility of individual not the government, and how our government is allowing American to live an …show more content…
He provides several supporting reasons for his central claim throughout the article. Balko explains that anti-obesity initiatives, such as requiring more detailed food labels, banning junk food from vending machine in schools, and promoting “fat tax” on high calories food are way too wrong and gaining federal support with no specific outcome. Besides, he states that American’s well-being becoming a matter of “public health” rather than a matter of personal responsibility. Moreover, Balko argues that America’s health care system is moving toward the socialism and that people are becoming more responsible for others and less for themselves. For instance, Balko writes, “Our lawmakers just enacted a huge entitlement that requires some people to pay for other people 's medicine”. Since when one’s health become everybody’s concern? Toward the end, he advocates that obesity should be removed from “the realm of public health” because what one chooses to eat should not be anybody’s concern and forcing to pay for the consequences of others is seemed quite unpractical. In order to gaining audience’s trust, Balko has used rhetorical appeals to show audience the validity in his

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