Rhetorical Analysis Essay

896 Words Dec 1st, 2012 4 Pages
Chris Porter
ENG 105-14
January 29, 2012
Rhetorical Analysis

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In the essay, “What You Eat is Your Business”, Radley Balko writes to tell his audience about how the government is trying to control people’s health and eating habits by restricting food, taxing high calorie food, and considering menu labeling. Balko includes in his essay that government restricting diets and having socialist insurance is not helping the obesity problem, but it is only making it worse because it not allowing people to take their health in to their own hands so they have no drive to lose weight or eat healthy. In his essay, Balko is targeting society, including those who may be obese, he is trying to show them that the laws our
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In Balko’s essay, he used the logical appeal to show his audience that his essay has factual information in it. He uses the logical appeal to let his audience know that he is using logical information; he used actual legislature and details of our country’s insurance system as examples of logical and factual information. An example the of logical appeal in Balko’s essay is “Senator Joe Lieberman and Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown, among others, have called for a ‘fat tax’ on high calorie foods. Congress is now considering menu-labeling legislation, which would force restaurants to send every menu item to the laboratory for nutritional testing“(158). Another factual piece of information Balko used was, “For decades now, America’s health care system been migrating toward socialism. Your well-being, shape, and condition have increasingly been deemed matters of ‘public health’ instead of matters of personal responsibility.” (158). Balko uses these examples of legislature and the health care system to make his views on our country’s obesity issue to relate to his audience’s logic because they may have some background knowledge about things that they have seen or read on these issues. In Balko’s essay, he used the ethical appeal to show his audience that his essay has credible and believable information in it. He uses the ethical appeal to
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