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McDonalds and Zombie Factoids

It’s almost Halloween! Time for some scaaaary zombies! Or zombie factoids. Now, you might wonder why I’m defending McDonald’s on a pro-HAES, fat acceptance blog. But A) even though we know here that there isn’t as much of a link … Continue reading

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How is food like a drug?

First of all, let’s get this out of the way: Food is not a drug. But drugs do tap into the natural reward pathways used by food (and other things). Which is why I think that Rat Park is relevant … Continue reading

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101: The difference between “everyone knows” and research

“Don’t you realize that fat is unhealthy?” is often asked by concerned people/concern trolls in FA spaces. I came upon a variation of it that’s worth addressing as the first comment here. The commenter responds to Tanteterri’s criticism of “everyone … Continue reading

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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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The underwhelming effect of 5% weight loss on diabetes

There are a couple articles out (from Gina Kolata and Paul Campos) about an 11-year study that looked at the effect of a 5% weight loss on people with type 2 diabetes–specifically, its effect on heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular … 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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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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Reblog: Denialism: It’s not denialism when we’re talking about underweight!

Here’s a reblog from my livejournal from December 2010: Fat Acceptance advocates often get called “denialists” for questioning the strength of the link between fat and health. (Some go into what I would agree is denialism, but it doesn’t take … Continue reading

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What can monkeys tell us?

Lesley at Two Whole Cakes brought this article to my attention. In order to study obesity, some scientists are keeping monkeys–rhesus macaques–in individual cages to more easily monitor their food intake and to limit their exercise. These monkeys eat when … Continue reading

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