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Grasping at straws: Rushing to dismiss the latest ‘Overweight people live longer’ study

I think I first heard from Brian/BStu/Red No. 3 the observation that if a study seems to show benefits to being thin, it’s accepted at face value, but if a study seems to show benefits to being fat, it’s always … Continue reading

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Is Fat Acceptance Skepticism or Denialism? Contrasting FA, FL, and HAES with Climate Change Denialism

As I said in my last post, people in the Fat Acceptance/Fat Liberation and Health At Every Size movements are compared to creationists, anti-vaccine activists, and, most frequently, climate change deniers. This actually does get under my skin a bit, … Continue reading

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Is Fat Acceptance Denialism?

If you’ve read any criticism of Fat Acceptance or Fat Liberation or Health At Every Size, you’ve probably heard the term “denialism” come up. People in these movements are compared to creationists, anti-vaccine activists, or, most frequently, climate change deniers. … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, we’re immune to bias. We’re scientists.

Recently there was a study with unsurprising [to me] results, which received a surprising [to me] reaction from scientists. The low representation of women in science is often dismissed as a product of women’s own interest or aptitude, but a … Continue reading

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A study in cognitive bias: Poor people spend less on fast food than the middle class (With Bonus Mark Bittman!)

OK, this study has been out for a while, but just today I read some quotes from the senior author of the study in a Time article, and I found them… interesting. [A] recent study from the University of California, … Continue reading

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Via Red No. 3, …

Via Red No. 3, a 2007 post from fat fu points out just how many different reasons people give for the existence of the obesity epidemic. I’m not going to repost it here because it’s really long. Fat Fu and … Continue reading

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Weight, Breast Cancer, and Just World Theory

Reading DoubleX on Slate led me to this post* questioning the merits of screening mammograms, which led me to this post about how wishful thinking, especially in the form of just world theory, seems to underpin the narrative about breast … Continue reading

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