Most people like to know what is going on in their body and whether they are healthy or not. In today's age of information anyone can go on a computer and give an opinion about lifestyle, weight loss, and health. From fashion magazines to webcomic's everyone has an opinion about the correct way to live a healthy lifestyle.
This article will argue that while their intentions are doubtlessly good, and they themselves may be living a correct and healthy lifestyle for themselves, it may not apply to you. When doing your own research about health and wellness there are 3 things to consider:
2) Group used
3) Outside influences
Who wrote the article? Was it a doctor? Was it someone in the medical field? Even more importantly, is it peer reviewed? A peer reviewed article means that professionals in the given field have looked at the article and agree that it has some merit. Good examples of peer reviewed medical sites are WebMD and Medscape. The classic fallback of Wikipedia or the top hits on google might have accurate information; however, we cannot know for sure that the information is valid or will pertain to you. A person writes what they know, and they often know themselves and their own experience which may be very different than you.
Who was the group in the study? If you are a 25 year old Caucasian male, and the group in the study was 60 year old Asian ladies, there is a chance that the information will not be of any use to you. When looking at weight loss or healthy lifestyles, genders, age groups and genetics factor in heavily. There is no correct answer to anything. Every person has different metabolisms, recreational habits, and diets. Studies are often done on certain groups for outside reasons. As a company it can be useful to know certain things about your target group, but that study may not be useful when looking at another group.
Who paid for the study? If there is a report that shows cranberries are the best way to loose weight and it was paid for by cranberry farmers, it seems less likely to be credit worthy. Different companies and political groups pay for studies to be done on any number of specific products. One report can have an opposite result of another report. With living a healthy lifestyle comes knowing what to give credit and what to ignore.