Analysis Of Gretchen Reynolds 'Health Versus Myth'

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Health vs Myth
Gretchen Reynolds is a very talented author who writes for many famous magazines; including Women's Health; O, The Oprah Magazine; and in a weekly column for the New York Times Magazine. Gretchen uses many forms of writing, which are repeated throughout all of her columns. From writing about how exercise helps you learn a foreign language to explaining what the best running stride is, Reynolds is able to inform and relate to her readers. Through her use of statistics and different experiments juxtaposed with people's misconceptions, columnist Gretchen Reynolds informs her audience and refutes their past beliefs on the myths hidden in the health field.
Her style is very repetitive as well as recognizable, while being very mindful
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From people who are trying to improve their exercising to professional athletes who are already pursuing a healthy exercising lifestyle, she is able to appeal to everyone without writing separate articles for the separate levels. She assumes that her readers already have knowledge on the topic she is writing about because as said before, she writes to correct her readers beliefs on health not to inform them about what the topic is. In her “The Best Running Stride? The One that Comes Naturally?”, her opening sentence says “runners, if you have worried about your stride, relax…” which doesn’t limit the level of runners. All throughout the passage she never directly specifies a level of runners which if she did specify only olympic runners, it could discourage beginner runners to stop reading because it doesn’t apply to them. Reynolds has more success as a columnist because of how her writing can potentially appeal to every …show more content…
Ethos is used to help credit herself and others; such as doctors who have studied her topics. She credits these doctors to appeal to the readers ethos which convinces the readers that these are true arguments. In her “The Best Running Stride? The One That Comes Naturally?”, she shows this usage of ethos by saying “many experts, including running coaches and exercise physiologists…” While she uses a lot of ethos, Gretchen Reynolds also has many cases of logos, which helps manipulate her readers to believe her even more through reason, she does this in every column she writes because of the amount of data she summarizes. For example, in her “Exercise as a Weight-Loss Strategy,” she says “during another, they ran on a treadmill at an easy jog, with their heart rates hovering at about 50 percent of their maximum capacity, for 55 minutes, until they had burned about 600 calories.” by using real data and numbers these readers tend to see that this approach of exercise works. Essentially by using logos, Reynolds is able to support her claim even more. She rarely uses pathos to appeal to the emotion of the readers, when she does she uses it by targeting a pain or unhappy outcome of the readers body in hopes to influence the reader to fix themselves. In the column from the New York Times by Reynolds, “Age Like a Former Athlete” she appeals to the readers emotions

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