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The omnipresent issue of childhood obesity was always tentative ground for the politicians, but the reigniting of the topic via the new move by the government to restrict and/or limit the sales of “junk food”, and rumors are circulating that the government will monitor the weight of children in the country. “Parent ban may be useful” by Geoff McLean’s letter to the editor; argued that the advertising saturation levels are not technically the major problem, but that the real problem lied with the parents. McLean’s uses an exasperated tone in his letter; this fully comes into play in the last two paragraphs, “instead farming them out to childcare centers or using television or video game as a de-facto…show more content…
In the next paragraph he combines parallel situations with gross exaggeration to enforce his contention “what I do see are parents regularly using junk food as a means of shutting up noisy (undisciplined) kids”. The last two paragraphs are used to shift the reader’s perception of what they would perceive as the usual scapegoats and at one not usually in this…show more content…
Parents are the main problem”. The letter itself was to the point and remained cohesive in linking its arguments. Murphy’s individual arguments made for a very convincing article, but a major error in the third paragraph serves to sever the connection Murphy was working so hard to create “fat kids become fat adults, and this, by definition, is bad, because fat adults are a menace” this sentence makes Murphy come across as extremely condescending and jeopardizes the rest of the article. Despite this the rest of the article is effective in its opinion in reinforcing Murphy’s
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