Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Philosophy Wire: The "paradox" of obesity and scientific prejudice

rubens2Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-01-01]: Scientists verified once more the "paradox of obessity": i.e. that relative to normal weight, Grade 1 obesity was not associated with higher mortality and overweight was associated with significantly LOWER all-cause mortality (higher grades of obesity were associated with significantly higher all-cause mortality)!!! [source: 1, 2] So? Should we eat more? Are our standards misplaced? Is the "slim and fit" role-model we all have wimply wrong? Is it just a result of scientific prejudice or a result of scientific cartel practices? If this paradox is true (and research shows it is), then we should re-think many things. Questioning the obvious is the best way to do science!

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