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The blog I found interesting to me online was called Weighty Matters. Weighty Matters is a health related blog that focuses on the major issue of obesity in children and why it continues to be a problem in our communities. These post are written by Dr.Yoni Freedhoff who has taught at the University of Ottawa as well as wrote his owe book, The Diet Fix, which focused how to make your life enjoy able while trying to lose weight on diets (1). From his blog it appears that Dr. Freedhoff is a doctor that is more concerned with he’s patient’s health rather then just curing them when they’re already sick. I strongly formed this opinion after seen that he had started the Ottawa’s non-surgical Bariatric Medical Institute which focuses on multiply nutrition and weight management methods over drugs and surgical procedures (1). He must likely be taking this stance on childhood obesity because he sees this condition is preventable with proper nutrition at such a young age, but continues to grow as a problem do to many people being under-educated on the topic. It seems the Dr. Freedhoff is using his knowledge of nutrition and weight management to inform the public about mistakes that are being made in children’s nutrition. His post aims to educate the community on how he views on nutrition as while as give informative tips on eating that have large impacts on diets that are usual overlooked.

A pathos Dr. Freedhoff used in one of his post showed a list of acceptable peanut free snacks that a group of six year olds were given to show their parents. The list of provided snacks given to the parents consisted of a whole page of peanut free cookies, crackers, chips, yogurts, puddings, and candy’s (1). Only at the very bottom of the page did it say “Fruits and Vegetables are health choices and are also peanut free” (1). After reading this the concerned patient had decided to to write up their owe list with a much larger variety of vegetable and fruit related snacks that are much better options in place of cookies and candies (1). It showed how must parents might give their children unhealthy food unintentionally when schools provide snack list like these and Dr. Freedhoff showed how this simple misunderstanding could affect their nutrition. A logo he used was on a study done on an obesity and its connection to recess. The study’s, The effect of increasing risk and challenge in the school playground on physical activity and weight in children, results showed that no impact in weight when children change the style of recess (1). This post was able to use real numbers and people to help show that major problem for many kids with obesity was not their activity levels, but their diet (1).

Based on the points that Dr. Freedhoff had made in his blog post, I feel he sends an effective message to many people interested in help or preventing childhood obesity. He does this through making valid points and providing helpful advice to the public.




  1. Freedhoff, Yoni. “Weighty Matters.” Weighty Matters, www.weightymatters.ca/.





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