Evaluation of Credibility

The article I chose to evaluate credibility is “Body Shaming in an Age of Social Media” written by Carolyn Abate, November 17, 2016. This article begins with a news story, that went viral, about a playboy playmate and her controversial photo taking at a gym. After going viral it led to the controversial topic of whether or not this playboy playmate was body shaming the woman she took a photo of. After starting with this story the article goes on to say that this isn’t a new topic and we, as the audience, need to talk about this issue. Showing that we have to be able to stop giving in to media when we may feel insecure. It then leads into eating disorders and finally ending with the concerns associated with body shaming. Relaying the message that by body shaming, we are in fact driving more people to eating disorders.

This article shows credibility for people looking to be educated in this topic since it shows the extent of the issue and supported sources. As well as information that helps the audience understand the issue more.


While reading the article I found this site to be credible. I came to this conclusion by comparing my own research with the quotes cited from the NEDA website (National Eating Disorders). As stated in the article, “According to NEDA, in the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their lives”. This is in fact on the NEDA site, Research on Males and Eating Disorders article, the second bullet point down. The article also states that the CDC has stated that “almost 20 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 in the United States are considered obese”. This is also credible since if you were to go to the CDC homepage you would find that statistic there. Therefore, after reading through the article and the data provided in the article is credible, this article itself is considered credible.

Who runs this Site?

This article can be found on the site called “Healthline”, and gives no indication of who runs it. At the bottom of the homepage it tells you that this site is verified by Health on the Net. Also that is uses TRUSTe, which is a privacy company, for their site also. If you click on find a doctor on the homepage of Healthline then it leads you to Doctors.com. At the top of that page it clearly states that Doctors.com is partnered with Healthline.

Works Cited

Abate, Carolyn, “Body Shaming in an Age of Social Media, November 17, 2017, Healthline News, https://www.healthline.com

NEDA, https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/research-males-and-eating-disorders

CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html

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