The Consumer A Republic Of Fat Analysis By Michael Pollan Analysis

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“Michael Pollan’s ‘The Consumer- A Republic of Fat analysis” Michael Pollan is an established writer who has, in fact, won many awards. He has written several books, including The Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006), as well as, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008). Michael Pollan’s “The Consumer- A Republic of Fat” is a short essay in which Pollan is writing about the similarities and differences between the alcoholic republic and the republic of fat. Was Pollan successful in comparing and contrasting the alcoholic republic and the republic of fat? In this Essay, Pollan compares the alcoholic republic to the republic of fat in order to show the similarities between the two. Pollan compares the republic of fat to the alcoholic republic in paragraph six of the essay saying, “… we’re eating today much the way we drank then, and for some of the same reasons.” (qtd in Prentice Hall 284). Pollan goes into more depth on the similar reasons for…show more content…
Pollan writes about the current obesity issues in America in paragraph six, “According the surgeon general, obesity today is officially an epidemic; it is arguably the most pressing public health problem we face, costing the health care system an estimated $90 billion a year.” (qtd. in Prentice Hall 284). These issues are said to affect even more people than the alcohol related diseases. Pollan talks about the obesity issues again in paragraph six, “Three of every five Americans are overweight; one of every five is obese.” (qtd. in Prentice Hall 284). This elaborates on the fact that although corn whiskey took a serious toll on the health of people in the 1800’s, the use of corn in everyday foods has affected the health of many people in modern day America negatively also. Pollan uses rhetoric in many of his contrasts and comparisons in order to get his point

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