Monthly Archives: January 2015

That New Fit and Fat Study

Dances With Fat

DefendThere’s yet another study that claims to prove that you can’t maintain a fat body and “good health” (at least by one definition of health.)  There are a bunch of problems with the study and the way that it is being portrayed in the media.  It uses BMI, it’s a tiny sample size, and they didn’t look at behaviors or fitness at all, the reporting about it treats correlation and causation as if they are the same thing.

The study looked at metabolic health markers over time, but didn’t look at behaviors. That’s a problem because the studies that do exist show that behaviors are a much better predictors of future health so it doesn’t make much sense to study body size and health without factoring in behaviors, but people just keep doing it – either because they don’t care since they know that it will get lots…

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