Intuitive Eating

This critique focuses on Chapter Eighteen of the book Intuitive Eating: A Recovery Book for the Chronic Dieter. By Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. The writers are instructing their audience on how to eat successfully in order to maintain a satisfactory and still healthy weight. They use an outline form and cover their topics in an orderly fashion. The goal of Chapter Eighteen is to discuss dieting. Its objectives are to present readers with information that supports their theory that dieting is unhealthy, inefficient for weight control, and even dangerous, and to inform readers of a viable alternative to dieting as it is commonly practiced.

The authors use subtitles used to present steps. Step One is Recognize and Acknowledge the Danger That Dieting Causes. Step Two is Be Aware of Diet-Mentality Traits and Thinking. Step Three: Get Rid of the Dieters Tools. (Tribole and Resch, 1995) The steps are really instructions, followed by supporting facts, statistics, quotes, the authors and others opinions, and personal anecdotes from the authors work as dietitians and nutritionists.

This article is written with an informative tone in a scholarly and slightly dry style.

It imparts a great deal of information in an attempt to persuade the reader of the authors expertise. The supporting information is factual, concise, accurate, and plentiful. There is much variety among their sources, almost too much. At times the article just seems to be a vain and plodding list of reasons why the authors know what they are talking about. However, there is a lot of good information and the authors treatment of weight control is a good one. In this writers opinion, Tribole and Resch met the goal of their writing in this article. This writer personally did not particularly enjoy this reading but appreciated the extent of the information at the end of it.

The Stress Myth

In The Stress Myth, Richard Reeves discusses the prevalence of surveys that claim todays workforce is subject to demands that are “stretching us beyond human limits, demanding punishing hours and eroding personal relationships.” (2001) Reeves says that the reverse is actually true: that the term “stress” is overused, misrepresented, and exaggerated. He says that the stress myth is being perpetuated by surveys that manipulate respondents into answering Yes.