Obesity has been and is still an issue of concern among Americans, as and a health menace. An article by the Boston Globe looked to the causes of obesity, and found out that apart from the mainstream reasons of poor diet, family related factors plays a role as well.

This article is a timely one, with obesity figures skyrocketing according to the centre of disease prevention and control (Cassell & Gleaves, 2006). It reveals that family issues such as maternal poor health, family disruption and conflict and financial strain are linked to children being obese, at 18. This article has been very helpful in that parents are now mindful of their children, when it comes to making marital choices. As divorce is one of them, divorcing couples now do that as a last result, and they have to take their children for counseling if they have to. Before a parent decides on being violent, they now think of the health risk they are about to get their children to.

With the article giving figures on how rampant obesity is on the rise, a reader will inevitably feel that it is an issue that needs urgent solutions. These figures are meant to create that sense of urgency, and the circle is completed by the author offering solutions.

A call for reform can be created by an argument for that being sufficiently persuasive, by the author appealing to credibility by being clear, trying to be logical and appealing to the audience’s emotions (Kahnweiler, 2013)


Cassell, D., & Gleaves, D. (2006). The encyclopedia of obesity and eating disorders (3rd ed.).

New York: Facts on File.

Kahnweiler, J. (2013). Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference. San

Fransisco, Carlifonia: Berrett Koehler.