There are so many times we go through life and we struggle to find the reasons why a certain thing has happened to us. It almost seems as if our reasoning is programmed by the law of cause and effect. Sometimes there just is no apparent reason, thus the popularity of such books as When Bad Things Happen to Good People.
Cause and effect writing can be one of the most challenging rhetorical styles. To be good at writing an effective essay, the writer must really have studied the topic and be intimately acquainted with specific details to present to the reader. This form of writing is used powerfully in persuasive writing, where cause and effect is manipulated for the purposes of changing someone's mind. It is also used daily in business reports, textbooks, and media reporting. You can see,therefore, how important it is to be able to develop fluency in this style of writing.
Blog Assignment: This week you get the opportunity to show your knowledge of a specific topic. Choose wisely. Remember your goal is to either show the reasons for the popularity of an object or the effects of something on a person's life. You will respond to either topic #2 or #7 on page 253 of the textbook.
My Response: The way Americans eat is undergoing a change, albeit slow. As a nation we are finally recognizing the effects of the economically driven standard American diet, known affectionately as the SAD diet. This diet (or way of eating) is comprised mainly of processed food products (which are high in fat, sugar, and salt,) and is fueled by American corporations' desire for more and more profit. As the American food industry has grown, so have America's health problems. The process of refining foods involves modification of the original food product itself. Take, for example, white flour. This begins as grains of wheat from which the fibrous outer husks have been removed. This wheat is now ground into a white powdery substance, flour, which consumers (and other food manufacturers) can use to create food products like cakes, crepes, and breads. "So," you might ask, "what's the problem? I don't have time to grind my own flour, let alone have the necessary equipment to do so." The removal of the the outer husk is the problem. That is where the fiber lives. By removing the fiber from the food, industry has created a food product that, when consumed, is quickly turned into simple sugars (glucose) in the body. And, while glucose is indeed the fuel our bodies use for energy, an excess of fuel is stored as fat. The increased stores of fat (fuel for later) lead to obesity. The number of obese people in America is around 78 million (USA Today). Another effect of the rapid transformation of processed food into glucose is that the body becomes flooded with it. Our bodies are programmed to deal with excessive amounts of glucose by producing insulin, the hormone which regulates the amount of glucose in the bloodstream. But things really go wrong in the human body when the insulin signaling malfunctions. Reduced levels of insulin in the brain can lead to Alzheimer's and other neurolgical disorders. Diabetes (types 1 and 2) and Metabolic Syndrome are the most common effects seen. According to the US Office of Minority Health, nearly 26 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 79 million have pre-diabetes. Finally, the lack of fiber and nutrients in processed foods can lead to constipation, malnutrition, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and possibly even cancer. There are studies that even link the consumption of processed foods with autoimmune diseases such as alopecia, asthma, and eczema. Obviously, Americans need to work at consuming more whole foods while reducing the amount of processed and refined foods in order to create a healthy life.
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