Essay on A Rhetorical Analysis of the Film Hungry for Change

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As our unnamed heroine slumps through afternoon traffic, exhausted and crestfallen from another arduous day of swilling diet coke by the pallid light of a word processor, she turns on the car radio to find a pertinent message being broadcasted. “…So many people want to know about diets because so many people are going to try them, but they don’t work … some weight will be lost temporarily.” Harvey Diamond, author, was speaking. “But let me ask you something – do you want to be healthy temporarily? No. But you want to lose weight temporarily. They’re – They have failures built right into them.”
Hungry for Change is the recent documentary by the nutritional-consultants-turned-directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. This
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The arguments made often rely on the trussing that these ‘experts’ provide through their ethos. Statements made were often times exaggerated at best and occasionally required logical fallacies to work. There is a large amount of time demonizing the current food industry and the artificial and mono nutrient compounds in the first half of the film. Use of ‘scary’ chemical names and misappropriated information about said chemical is used for harrowing effect. Propylene glycol is one chemical remarked to be a common food additive that could also be used to winterize your car. As this is not a false statement, it is similar in effect to saying that water is in antifreeze. MSG was stated as another chemical used in this manner that was extremely harmful (viewer was implored at one point to search for ‘MSG Obesity induced mice’). Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners were also vilified, with claims such as Aspartame causing formaldehyde buildup in the brain.
When studies were shown not to support the film’s argument, they were occasionally argued to be irrelevant due to interested manufacturers funding (and possibly manipulating) the data within the studies for monetary gains. An example is when Dr. Mercola that the 90 studies that find aspartame to be harmless by Ralph G. Walton and the like, 90 percent of them are funded by corporate interest and that any independent studies find the exact opposite, insinuating fowl play in the
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