What Will It Take For Obesity Researchers to Wake Up?
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (11/07), "there were more than 100,000 fewer deaths among the overweight in 2004" than if they had been of normal weight! This supports the CDC research published two years ago concluding that "overweight" people have a lower death rate than people who are normal weight, underweight or "obese." (!!!!!)
Yet, "Experts" Refuse to Pay Attention
You'd think that health experts would be relieved that research is showing that most overweight is not a health hazard. Instead, they simply ignored the research saying, in effect, "So what, fat is still unhealthy." Take a closer look. All (all!) of the experts quoted in this article are associated with weight loss clinics, but Reuters never mentions this. Seems like a conflict of interest to us!
Most Quoted Obesity Researcher Refutes Research
In a Washington Post article, Being Overweight Isn't All Bad, Harvard's own Walter Willet stepped up to refute the JAMA reearch. This professor of epidemiology and nutrition stated that "It's just rubbish. It's just ludicrous to say there is no increased risk of mortality from being overweight. . . . From a health standpoint, it's definitely undesirable to be overweight."
Most Quoted Obesity Researcher In Nah-Nah Land
It appears that one of the world's most cited researcher in clinical medicine is not aware of his own research. Willet's own research found that for young and middle-aged men (less than 65 years old), those BMIs in the 25-27 range were not associated with higher mortality rates, and that BMIs in the entire "overweight" and "obese" range were not associated with higher mortality rates in older men (in fact there was a trend for lower risk in the higher BMI groups).
Bias is Pervasive
Our culture's prejudical stance towards the large permeates so-called unbiased science. How will YOU use this information?