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Myrna: People should follow diets in which fat represents no more than

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Myrna: People should follow diets in which fat represents no more than 30 percent of total calories, not the 37 percent the average diet in this country contains.

Roland: If everyone in the country followed you recommendation during his or her entire life, just 0.2 percent would lengthen their live at all, and then only by an average of 3 months. Modifying our diet is not worthwhile. A lifetime of sacrifice spent eating an unappealing low-fat diet is too high a price to pay for the chance of extending that sacrifice for 3 months.

Myrna: But for everyone who dies early from a high-fat diet, many more people suffer from serious chronic diseases because they followed such diets.

Roland's argument assumes that

(A) it is desirable to live in such a way as to length life as much as possible

(B) a low-fat diet cannot readily be made appealing and satisfying to a person who follows it regularly

(C) diet is the only relevant factor to consider in computing influences on length of life

(D) the difference in tastiness between a diet in which fat represents 30 percent of total calories and one in which it represents 37 percent is not noticeable

(E) not everyone in the country eats the average diet

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Originally posted by vikasp99 on 22 Feb 2017, 19:24.
Last edited by broall on 04 Oct 2017, 02:41, edited 2 times in total.
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24 Feb 2017, 19:25
Spotted this right after finishing reading Roland's reply, before getting to the question. He assumes that if a food is low in fat, it cannot taste good by definition.
I have a few friends who think like that
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08 Nov 2018, 20:51
DavidTutorexamPAL why C is wrong ?
If we negate it the argument falls apart
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19 May 2019, 12:20
teaserbae wrote:
DavidTutorexamPAL why C is wrong ?
If we negate it the argument falls apart

Diet happens to be the topic for discussion, but the two speakers are not deciding over which factors are important in extending ones life, i.e. they talk in the context of diet.

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22 May 2019, 22:09
Please help me understand why C is not the correct option here.
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Updated on: 24 May 2019, 10:49
vikasp99 wrote:
Myrna: People should follow diets in which fat represents no more than 30 percent of total calories, not the 37 percent the average diet in this country contains.

Roland: If everyone in the country followed you recommendation during his or her entire life, just 0.2 percent would lengthen their live at all, and then only by an average of 3 months. Modifying our diet is not worthwhile. A lifetime of sacrifice spent eating an unappealing low-fat diet is too high a price to pay for the chance of extending that sacrifice for 3 months.

Myrna: But for everyone who dies early from a high-fat diet, many more people suffer from serious chronic diseases because they followed such diets.

Roland's argument assumes that

(A) it is desirable to live in such a way as to length life as much as possible

(B) a low-fat diet cannot readily be made appealing and satisfying to a person who follows it regularly

(C) diet is the only relevant factor to consider in computing influences on length of life

(D) the difference in tastiness between a diet in which fat represents 30 percent of total calories and one in which it represents 37 percent is not noticeable

(E) not everyone in the country eats the average diet

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Could someone explain why C is incorrect? I understand that the extreme of "...only relevant factor..." could make it an incorrect choice, but nevertheless, I don't see how B is making a better assumption.

In answer B, I can't find a reference to "satisfying" food. Roland only mentions the "appealing" part of the low-fat diet. But even then, the premise and his main conclusion focus on life expectancy rather than the appeal of the food.

Originally posted by yvankd on 24 May 2019, 08:03.
Last edited by yvankd on 24 May 2019, 10:49, edited 1 time in total.
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24 May 2019, 08:55
The first thing that we need to know is that it is an inference question to Roland's argument. In this case, Roland argues, it is not worth it to sacrifice an appealing diet with only a three more month length of life.
So we need to look for the answer which supports the joy of food tastiness and does not support the low fat diet in the sacrifice for a short time of living.

(A) it is desirable to live in such a way as to length life as much as possible => It is part of Myrna's point of view, not Roland.

(B) a low-fat diet cannot readily be made appealing and satisfying to a person who follows it regularly => This choice support Roland's opinion. So it is a correct answer.

(C) diet is the only relevant factor to consider in computing influences on length of life. => Noone states that diet is the only factor.

(D) the difference in tastiness between a diet in which fat represents 30 percent of total calories and one in which it represents 37 percent is not noticeable. => this answer is totally different from Roland's argument. Roland supported that the high fat diet is significantly tastier than the regular diet, so that it is not worth sacrificing.

(E) not everyone in the country eats the average diet => Not relevant.
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