Rhetorical Artifact Analysis – Miracle Pill

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20160614-a-pill-could-replace-exercise-but-there-are-some-downsides

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After reading the article “A Pill Could Replace Exercise – But There Are Some Downsides” published by BBC Future, it is apparent that the claims of this pill is not as effective as marketed. While the pill is advertised to burn fat without exercise, studies prove that exercise is still required. The pill simply cannot burn fat on its own but it can aid for weight loss if it is taken while also working out. Not to mention, the studies conducted using the pill was done on rodents and not humans. The effect that the drug has on mice doesn’t cohere to the effect it will have on people. Physical activity and exercise have been scientifically proven to benefit overall health and is good for fitness. Risking a normal person’s health for a drug that promotes manipulation of cells and metabolism is simply purposeless. Also, people are failing to realize that exercise is required no matter what drug is taken. This so called “miracle” pill is nothing spectacular if it isn’t taken with proper precaution.

To continue, while this pill will aid in weight loss, it certainly is not a replacement. Tricking your cells into working harder is not a good enough excuse to consume a drug with potential detrimental side effects. Pre-workout and a session at the gym is more than enough to fuel the energy needed to burn fat. Although this pill is still in process, it is highly unlikely to ever replace physical activity/exercise. The last concern regarding this artifact, is that people really do view it as a miracle pill and expect to drop 50 pounds by doing nothing. Once again, highly unlikely and is very misleading without proper exercise.

3 thoughts on “Rhetorical Artifact Analysis – Miracle Pill

  1. For patients that are frail and immobile, a pharmaceutical that mimics exercise is quite useful. However, healthy people should not avoid exercise and rely on a pill. Also, There are many side effects of long-term use of this pill, such as diabetic patients will definitely have adverse reactions to it.

  2. Hey Alicia! This article is really interesting to hear about considering weightloss pills are constantly being advertised on social media through influencers. This also ties in with the fact that as society progresses, people are becoming more obsessive with their physical image. I know a lot of people our age that are very critical of what they eat as they fear they will reach a certain number when they step on a scale. Instagram and other forms of social media inform us on what the “desired” physical look is which pushes some people to result in taking pills.
    This article also proposes the question, “Are generations becoming more and more lazy with time?” Rather than workout, a lot of people prefer pharmaceuticals because they lack the determination and drive to workout. They want fast results, but don’t want to put any work in!

  3. Hi Alicia! I think you bring up a very valid point that people easily get influenced to buy these diet pills or other supplements, even though they don’t do much in reality. People often put too much faith in these sort of things but most of the time, they can cause other health problems because people don’t do anything themselves to actually have a better diet. For that reason, you see these influencers try to advertise these products that are more often than not full of laxatives that do cause harm to your metabolism and general health. I completely agree that people definitely should not think of these pills as a replacement for actual exercise and good dieting. It’s imperative that people realize that people have different reactions to different diets and diet pills, and to be extremely cautious when trying these things.

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