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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Being Overweight Alone Does Not Increase The Short-Term Risk Of Death

Meaningless, even if true.
An evaluation of national data by UC Davis researchers has found that extra weight is not necessarily linked with a higher risk of death.

When compared to those with normal weight, people who were overweight or obese had no increased risk of death during a follow-up period of six years. People who were severely obese did have a higher risk, but only if they also had diabetes or hypertension.
Dead is a lousy metric.

Sick is a better metric.

Fat folk are more sick.

Whether we can keep them alive, at too great a cost, is not the point.

Put someone on a ventilator for years and they are not clinically dead.

Stupid research, stupid conclusion, stupid headline.

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