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Pounds too much years too little?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by claire, Jan 8, 2003.

  1. claire

    claire Registered User

  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    According to <a href="http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030113&s=campos011303">this article in the New Republic</a> the 'Obesity Epidemic' is a case of misplaced blame.

    The problem is one of correlation vs causation. Research has been done correlating being statistically obese with a shorter expected life span. In more detailed studies found a stronger correlation with lack of activity and a short life span than being fat. So if you exercise and stay fit but can't lose pounds don't fret. You're likely more healthy than your thin couch potato friends.

    Is the 'Diet Industry' really behind this confusion of the risks of being fat vs being sedentary as the article suggests? Or are those magic pills that burn fat just too darn appealing?

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