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Obesity Overblown


#1

I just read this article from Scientific American in May of 05 entitled:

"Obesity: An Overblown Epidemic?

A growing number of dissenting researchers accuse government and medical authorities--as well as the media--of misleading the public about the health consequences of rising body weights"

I found the article interesting to say the least. I won't stop squatting because of it but I was wondering what some of the more research oriented folks here think about it.

http://www.sciam.com/print_version.cfm?articleID=000E5065-2345-128A-9E1583414B7F0000

NH-Watts


#2

All i'm gonna say is: what a load a sh*t


#3

"Diet composition, physical fitness, stress levels, income, family history and the location of fat within the body are just a few of 100-odd "independent" risk factors for cardiovascular disease"

And also what effect our body composition.

To me, this seems like a bunch of lard-asses trying to justify their fatness. Its not even people from the medical industry who are saying that being fat isnt so bad. I label this article a crock of shit.


#4

Wow, there are some real gem-like bits of wisdom there:

"The overweight segment of the epidemic of overweight and obesity is more likely reducing death rates than boosting them."

Riiiiiiight.

"One of those complicated realities, concurs Campos, a professor of law at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is the widely accepted evidence that genetic differences account for 50 to 80 percent of the variation in fatness within a population."

I stopped reading after they played the "my genes make me fat" card. Unless you are part water-buffalo, there are no genes that make you a 400lb lard ass.