"Paleo" Diet May Help Women

Megan Ford

Article Summary

In this article found in the April 4, 2016, U.S News& World Report Health section, HealthyDay reporter Dennis Thompson discusses a study out of Umea University in Sweden in which researchers observed the effects of the popular diet, the "Paleo" diet, on women's obesity. They concluded that women who adhered to the "Paleo" guidelines saw a reduction in weight, improved their cholesterol levels, and lowered their future risk for diabetes and heart disease. However, the low-fat diet consumed by the control group also resulted in weight loss. Despite the positive outcomes associated with the "Paleo" diet, nutritionists warn that it could result in deficiencies in critical nutrients and restrictive eating may make meeting nutritional needs harder. Furthermore, this diet is financially impossible for most of the U.S.

Article Critque

This article is well written and appears to be based on scientific evidence provided by the study and credible sources. Furthermore, this article does not appear to be biased or misleading, but rather presents the findings of the study simply and in a factual manner. In order to stay biased, Thompson also includes critiques of the study by including quotes and responses to the study's techniques and findings from experts in nutrition. By including a link to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this article allows readers to continue their own research and offers validation for its claims. The author, Dennis Thompson, also appears to be fairly credible. Thompson, a senior staff reporter for HealthDay, has been reporting for 25 years, including work as a freelance health reporter. Furthermore, HealthDay claims to be a producer of” award-winning health content since 1998”and “has grown to become a leading producer and syndicator of evidence-based health news, video and custom content to Internet sites”. Although U.S News & World Report receives some backlash for its annual “Best of” rankings, this publication has been in circulation for 80 years. More recently, this publication has become solely digital in format. Despite questionable criteria for their annual rankings, U.S News & World Report claims to have earned “a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers by focusing on health, personal finance, education, travel, cars, news and opinion” and uses a “news you can use” style of journalism.