Review Of ' The Extraordinary Science Of Addictive Junk Food

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Zainab Jafri
Mr. Ballinger
3 October, 2016
Intrusions Leading to Decays
Often, if what we are accustomed to is disturbed, we tend to develop a defence mechanism that leads to either the destruction of our surroundings or new concepts in ways to make the situation better. In Michael Moss’s The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food, he reports on the growing obesity epidemic in the United States as a result of food manufacturers “conscious effort… to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive” (Moss 262). Whereas, in An Elephant Crackup?, by Charles Siebert, we assimilate the fact that “elephant behavior is entirely congruent with what we know about humans and other mammals” (Siebert 357). The dynamics of a “precipitous collapse of elephant culture” or “crackup” described by Charles Siebert, in An Elephant Crackup?, can be used to analyze and understand America’s relationship with processed food because elephants are observed through an anthropomorphized lens. It can be acknowledged that the encroachment, exploitation, and the economical and political instabilities that affect the elephants, serve as an interrelationship with what keeps consumers under the firm hold of major food industries.
The use of technology and scientific research has opened up a gateway in understanding elephants’ destructive behavior and the role that processed foods play in the growing obesity epidemic. Scientists performed an “MRI scan on an elephant brain”

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