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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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