Could Your Diet Make Me Fat?

Claudia Carrelli

Article Summary

The article that I chose for the Nutrition in the News assignment is titled “Could Your Healthy Diet Make Me Fat?” The author of this article is David S. Ludwig, and it was published in the Sunday Review Opinion section of The New York Times newspaper on November 28th, 2015. The article begins by stating that there are all different types of diets out there, whether it be a vegan diet, paleo diet or low fat diet. What David Ludwig tries to answer is, with all of these different diets around, how can an individual decide which one is right? He goes on to explain that due to all of the nutritional research out there, we are entering an age where “personalized nutrition” is becoming more and more popular—that is, a diet that is tailored to an individual based on his or her own body’s needs. Throughout the article he uses several different research studies as examples of this rise in “personal nutrition”. One of the studies monitored different person’s blood sugar, and went on to find no coherent results between what the participants ate and their blood sugar levels. In conclusion, David Ludwig surmises that we aren’t quite to the point of overhauling general recommended dietary guidelines, but we are getting closer.

Article Critique

In my opinion, there is a great degree to validity in this article. First of all, the article was published in The New York Times, which, while not an academic journal or a government website, is a very well established daily newspaper in America. In fact, the newspaper has won over 117 Pulitzer Prizes, which is more than any other news organization. Even more so, the popular newspaper’s print version has the second largest circulation in the U.S., right behind the Wall Street Journal.

Furthermore, the article’s author, David S. Ludwig, is very credentialed in the world of health care and nutrition. Dr. Ludwig received a PhD and an MD from Standford University School of Medicine, and is now a Professor of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He is also the founding director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program at Children’s Hospital, a renowned hospital for children in the United States. OWL is one of the oldest and largest clinics for overweight children in the country, and it provides a base for research into the treatment of childhood obesity. In addition, Dr. Ludwig also directs the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, and is the author of an up and coming book called “Always Hungry? Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells and Lose Weight Permanently”. Due to his accomplishments and research experience, I would definitely attest to the credentials of the article that he wrote for the New York Times.

To expand further, the article also seems very well written with organized paragraphs, a clear flow of thought that allows the reader to understand exactly what the author is trying to convey, and no grammar or spelling mistakes. Ludwig also includes many different studies from all over the world that support his point about the growth of “personal nutrition” in our society. This goes on to support the main idea of his entire article with solid facts to back him up.

In conclusion, I believe that David Ludwig is a very credentialed author, seeing that he is a Professor of Nutrition at Harvard, and that the article itself is very well written, well supported with facts and evidence, and free of any errors. This leads me to believe that the article proves to be of a high degree of validity.