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  • New 'Weight is healthy' study widely criticised

    2 January 2013

    A study which suggests being overweight can lead to a longer life has caused controversy among obesity experts.

    One labelled the findings a "pile of rubbish" while another said it was a "horrific message" to put out.

    The research, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggested the overweight were less likely to die prematurely than people with a "healthy" weight.


    Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20889381
    "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."— Bertrand Russell

  • #2
    It's interesting how science that is not "what we want" is horrific and terrible.

    There are actually a number of other studies that support the conclusion that a few extra pounds are actually beneficial. Especially in the context of a more primitive man that needs that extra weight to survive the winter when food sources are scarce.
    Battles are dangerous affairs... Wang Hsi

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    • #3
      Considering the abnormal incidence of sudden death among dieters, athletes, runners, fitness fanatics, bulemics, anorexics and other so-called "healthy" types, I would say that they are probably quite correct.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pirate-Drakk View Post
        It's interesting how science that is not "what we want" is horrific and terrible.

        There are actually a number of other studies that support the conclusion that a few extra pounds are actually beneficial. Especially in the context of a more primitive man that needs that extra weight to survive the winter when food sources are scarce.
        Correct, problem is those who have more than a few extra pounds, and they are many, will use this as an excuse not to lose them. Of course as MM points out, we got loads of "health fanatics" who are anything but healthy going to the other extreme. another example of misquoted and exaggerated scientific studies by the press.

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