The media was announcing success at reducing child obesity not long ago, but we know that wasn’t true.
Category Archives: Obesity
Many of us JunkScience folks are rejoicing to see another one bite the dust.
“Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton has notified Air Medical Examiners (AMEs) that they will soon be required to measure the body mass index (BMI) of all pilots and controllers during their medicals. Anyone with a BMI of 40 or more (up to 25 is normal)” … will have to be evaluated by a “board certified sleep specialist” to make sure they don’t suffer from sleep apnea and get enough rest.
- While the link between BMI and health issues is a lot more tenuous than the medical-industrial complex would like to believe, the correlation between being fat and suffering sleep apnea is pretty real. But whether the FAA should be getting involved in this level of control is another story, all together, Shirley.
The latest scare claims that exposure to DDT several generations ago is making people fatter today. The explanation sounds all “sciency” and impressive, but junkscience often does. Continue reading
Food nannies rocked — 40 years of federal obesity research fatally flawed, says study — JunkScience vindicated again!
“These results suggest that without valid population-level data, speculations regarding the role of energy intake in the rise in the prevalence of obesity are without empirical support.” Continue reading
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Continue reading
This is a ridiculous report that is probably intended to validate Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” nannying. Continue reading
Although only a small percentage of children are obese — and even a smaller percentage are obese because of caloric intake — no child should drink juice or have a soda as a treat? Continue reading
A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicates that parent-reported height/weight data for children isn’t all that reliable. We have always been critical of self-reported obesity data. Continue reading
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This is junk science because… Continue reading
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Michael Tanner writes at National Review: Continue reading
Lamarckism returns as “epigenetics.” Continue reading
“The public service ad by First 5 California features an overweight girl drinking sugar with a straw, but the ad has been criticized because the child model’s weight was digitally altered to make her look fatter.” Continue reading
“More and more studies show that being overweight does not always shorten life — but some public-health researchers would rather not talk about them.” Continue reading
“So lighten up, already. We’re all for reducing obesity, reining in health care costs and prudent spending of taxpayer dollars. But we don’t think the government needs to micromanage the grocery shopping habits of its citizens.” Continue reading
“Measuring the ratio of someone’s waist to their height is a better way of predicting their life expectancy than body mass index (BMI), the method widely used by doctors when judging overall health and risk of disease, researchers said.” Continue reading
Would you listen to this man lecture you on what you eat? Continue reading
“In the study researchers tested the effect of nematode infection on mice fed a high-fat diet. Infected mice of normal girth gained 15 percent less weight than those that were not infected. Mice that were already obese when infected lost roughly 13 percent of their body weight within 10 days.” Continue reading