Author Topic: Another reason to always question "studies"  (Read 1714 times)

scottinflorida

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Another reason to always question "studies"
« on: January 01, 2013, 11:34:49 PM »
Recent "research" shows that being "mildly obese" does not increase your risk of death:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/recipe-for-a-long-life-overweight-people-have-lower-death-risk-8434743.html

I think it is so harmful to publish this kind of nonsense.  Like people need another excuse to eat whatever they want.

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Re: Another reason to always question "studies"
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2013, 01:19:30 AM »
You can skew your medical data anyway you want, regardless of truth.



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Re: Another reason to always question "studies"
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2013, 09:09:59 AM »
BMI isn't an accurate measure of health.  Very athletic, muscular people have BMIs above the "healthy" range.

Seems like the kind of article that people use as an excuse.  That makes it dangerous, IMHO.

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Re: Another reason to always question "studies"
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2013, 03:28:12 PM »
You can skew your medical data anyway you want, regardless of truth.

You're so right, Morgan! :)

In college, my minor course of study was statistics.
It did not take long before it became apparent to me that being dishonest with stats is very easy to do... Almost too easy!

Despite this, inference of cause and effect relationships where no such relationships truly exist is VERY common.

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