Chicken Soup for the Soul "Shaping the New You" - Book Review
Which Side Are You On?
Brief Review• 101 encouraging stories about dieting and fitness and finding what works for you• Based on true events• A great book about motivation, hearing what did and did not work for others really helps
The Author’s Biography• Richard Simmons• Born July 12, 1948 in US• An American Fitness Celebrity• Promoting weight-loss programs through aerobics videos and DVDs• Known for his eccentric, outgoing, and frequently flamboyant personality
Brief Story My Daughter’s GiftA story about an obessed father who sincerely wanted to give his kidneyto his daughter. His daughter was suffering from kidney failure. Due to hisweight, the doctor told him that it’s impossible for him to be a donor forhis daughter. This fact motivated him to lose his weight and he started towork out. In the end, when he lost his weight, there is still other obstaclewhich obstruct him from giving his kidney to his daughter. Yet, he alreadygot an ideal weight and a healthy life. He accepted it as a gift from hisdaughter.
The author’s purpose• To motivate the readers to live healthy.• To encourage the readers that losing weight is not that hard.• To provide the readers with facts on how to lose weight based on testimonials.
The Bias1. It is marketing in disguise. The author is an American fitness celebrity. He produces a lot of aerobics DVDs. In some of the stories, the people are influencing from his DVDs to do the exercise. In other words, it promotes his products.
The Bias (ctn..)2. Objectivity The author itself is not an objective reporter on the issue. He is an expert on this field. That’s why his consideration of losing weight might not be balanced.3. The background of the author strongly affects his ideas. Since he is an expert in aerobics, a trainer in fitness also, he often think that losing weight is easy. While in fact, it may be vary for each person.
The Bias (ctn..)4. It is one-sided information Since the author itself is an icon of losing weight, the book only contains stories of people who achieved successful in losing weight.5. It supports only one opinion The ideas that to lose weight is only by exercising.
Critical OpinionAlthough the book may seem perfect, Ipersonally think that it is too one-sided. Thebook only contains stories of people whoachieved successful in losing weight. Howabout those who fail? I think the authorshould provide both so that we as the readerwill have a clear judgment regarding the issue.