Author Archives: closetpuritan

Reminder: scientists’ attitudes affect what they investigate

You may have seen the headline that a new species of praying mantis was discovered, and named after Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Here’s what I consider the really interesting part: Typically, researchers study mantis specimens’ male genitalia to delineate their species. … Continue reading

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A response to Emma Lindsey’s “Why do fat people even care about dating skinny people?”

I thought that this Emma Lindsey piece did have some good points, but she also misses some stuff that seems obvious to me, as someone who’s actually fat and involved in fat acceptance, and she definitely comes off as condescending … Continue reading

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Calories In-Calories Out: Not Even Wrong

I recently read an overall-pretty-good article in The Atlantic called “What Does a Calorie Measure?” about how calorie counting is being criticized by some people, often in favor of focusing on satiety. This helped me to hit on what I’ve … Continue reading

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Genes and BMI Part 2: Evidence for a genetic influence on weight in a post-‘obesity epidemic’ world

My previous post talked about how it is possible for differences between groups to have one cause, and differences within those groups to have a different cause–that disproving changing genes as a cause of the ‘obesity epidemic’ does not prove … Continue reading

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Genes and BMI Part 1: Between-group variation and within-group variation are different things!

The Atlantic recently published a piece that is overall worth reading (and which I hopefully will write a separate blog post about soon), Rethinking the Calorie. It’s a relatively comprehensive look at the reasons why measuring “calories in” is not … Continue reading

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Gut bacteria and blood sugar

There is an interesting new study out that looks at gut bacteria, a personalized-diet-creating algorithm, and blood sugar. Basically, they collected a bunch of data including biometrics (e.g. age, weight, hip circumference, A1c), family history, and, notably, gut bacteria (in … Continue reading

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Review: Secrets from the Eating Lab

I first became interested in this book after reading an interview with author Traci Mann from shortly before the book came out. If her name seems familiar, you may recognize it from a study that is often cited in fatosphere … Continue reading

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