Rhetoric Comparison

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AnorexiaNervosa is an eating disorder that affects many American girls andwomen. It has always been perceived that anorexia nervosa or bulimiaaffects adolescent girls between 15 to 19 years. However, in recenttimes, there have been increasing trends of women over 40 yearsseeking medical attention. The essay will blend humanities, socialsciences and natural sciences disciplines in three articles aboutanorexia nervosa. The articles highlight the origin of anorexia, thecauses, and complications and cites cases of people suffering fromthe conditions. The purpose of the paper is to compare three articleswritten on anorexia nervosa.

Thefirst article by Debra Katzman can be categorized into the naturalsciences category as it studies the functions of the biologicalsystem. It highlights the complications that come about as a resultof the condition, for instance, metabolic and cardiovascularproblems. The language used in the article is complex and fits wellto the natural sciences discipline for educational purposes.

Thesecond article by Elizabeth Hopton falls under the social studies asit discusses on the relationship between man and the environment withthe intention of informing the public on making wise and informeddecisions on how to deal with anorexia. According to Hopton, people’sperception on anorexia has been influenced by what is discussed inthe media. The language used in this article is fit for a topic inthe medical discipline. The article uses complex sentences with ablend of compound sentences. Mostly, it uses the present tense, bututilizes the past tense once in a while about the findings. It alsouses a formal language accustomed to academic journals (178).

Thethird article by Randi Epstein can be classified under humanitiesdiscipline as it seeks to explain a condition that affects people ofall races and ethnicity. It focuses on analyzing the condition so asto develop approaches and methodologies that are interpretive andreflective. The language used is simple and easy to comprehend.

Thewriting strategies used in the three articles are diverse. Epstein’sarticle appeals to the emotional side of a reader by giving the storyof Margie Hodgin, a 40-year-old nurse who struggled with anorexiafrom adolescence and sought help after realizing that the conditionwas straining her marriage. It appeals more to people interested intouching stories as compared to Hopton and Katzman`s articles thathave jargon words and can be used in the educational platform foranalysis of anorexia nervosa. The three articles have precise topicsthat immediately allow a reader to make judgment on whether to readthe article or not. They have used qualified researchers to emphasiseon certain points. For example, Hopton states the names of scientiststhat have studied the complications associated with anorexia nervosawhich include heart arrhythmias, hypoglycemia, and hypotension (175).

Ingeneral, the three articles are well organized, and the flow of ideasmake the articles interesting and fascinating. There is a clear andconcise description of the disorder in the first paragraphs andbackground information is accurate since they have cited researcherswho have done studies on the topic. Sentence structures in thearticles by Hopton and Katzman have provided cohesion and clarity ontheir position and argument on the issue. It is easy to follow oneidea to the next through the use of the sub-headings. The conclusionof the three articles provides a summary of points to note which is acritical element in any writing piece. Katzman’s article statesthat medical complications can be managed if there is an earlydetection of anorexia nervosa and the affected adolescent takes thenecessary medication (S57).

Insummary, anorexia nervosa is a disease that has no age limit. Anyonewho is struggling with eating their meals, difficulty choosing whatto eat and when to eat should be able to get medical attention. Thedisease affects people of all races and ethnicity. Therefore, anyonecan be affected. The disease can be treated early enough to avoidcomplications associated with it which may be adverse to a person`shealth.


Epstein,Randi Hutter. &quotWhen eating disorders strike in midlife.&quot&nbspTheNew York Times&nbsp(2009).

Hopton,Elizabeth. &quotAnorexia Nervosa in Adolescent Girls: ACulture-Bound Disorder of Western Society?&quot&nbspSocialCosmos&nbsp2(2011): 176-183.

Katzman,Debra K. &quotMedical complications in adolescents with anorexianervosa: a review of the literature.&quot&nbspInternationalJournal of Eating Disorders&nbsp37.S1(2005): S52-S59.