Analysis: Numbers

By: Andrew Krammer

In an article by CNN, a reporter uses numbers to show the relationship between teenage salt intake and health risks such as hypertension and other heart conditions.

The numbers are rather overwhelming, saying that a reduction of only 3 grams of salt a day can lead to a 68 percent decrease in the number of teens with hypertension.
Since they are dramatic, the statistics fit well in the story and get the point across.

The reporter placed all of the raw details in the beginning of the story, which could be done differetly. If the statistics were spread out, the reader would have an easier time going through the story.

The numbers are attributed in the story to sources such as the University of California and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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