Am I Hungry?

How To Know If You're Actually Hungry- Abbey Shaffer

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Article Summary

The article, “How To Know If You’re Actually Hungry,” by Kay Fetters was published in U.S News and World Report on March 11, 2016. Kay Fetters discusses Americans’ eating habits and reasons why they eat. She found that people actually eat for reasons other than hunger most of the time. Dr. May, a contributor to this article, argues that our salty and fatty diets are what drives us to constantly be eating, even when we aren’t full. This article focuses on teaching people how to learn to recognize hunger cues from our bodies. Georgie Fear, a registered dietician, says that we should let our bodies drive the need to eat. He says our bodies have the power to evaluate our nutritional needs based on fluctuation in energy levels, activity levels, stress and other factors.

Article Critique

The credibility of this article is very low. First, reading this and having Kay Fetters as the author gives no credibility for the information stated in the article. Kay Fetters, the author of this particular article, does not state her credentials at all throughout the entire article. She is stated at the beginning as “contributor.” Next, Kay mentions Dr. Michelle May as a source and quotes her. Dr. May’s background of expertise is not mentioned, nor her field of medicine. This article would benefit from having a nutrition specialist or GI focused physician in the article to discuss hunger from an anatomical standpoint. “How To Know If You’re Actually Hungry” was published in U.S News and World Report. This website is credible compared to other websites like Cosmopolitan or People. This website is news-based, so the information can be biased depending on the reporter. The information stated throughout the article seems to be valid. I say this because the body’s ability to regulate nutritional status has been something we have discussed this year in lecture. However, the sources of the information are not credible. The facts stated are correct and make sense, but there isn’t credible background given for the reader to access. The information is not research or evidence-based driven. There is a mention of a study done in the beginning of the article, but it doesn’t say who conducted the study, when the study was done, who participated in the study, and no numerical findings were given as the results of the study. The summary of the study was very vague and doesn’t give any support to the article information. Overall, the article is interesting and discusses an important topic, but this article is not credible.

Fetters, K. A. (2016, March 11). How To Know If You're Actually Hungry. Retrieved April 2, 2016, from