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  •  Emotional reactions to scientific studies (9+ / 0-)

    not just for right-wingers after all.

    Clearly the more sedentary lifestyle of Americans has contributed to the obesity epidemic.  This is true of men and of women.  I don't understand why someone putting it in specific language would be offensive.

    "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

    by Spider Stumbled on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:16:01 AM PST

    •  ah yes, the apologist. (4+ / 0-)
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      the study is utterly flawed. Women still do most of the child care and housework in addition to careers. It's clearly a study designed to find a particular result that matches the preconceived prejudices of its sponsors who want to exonerate the food industry and blame the problem on women.

      Think about it: who is more likely to be heavy, poor women who do back breaking work and all their own housework, or wealthy women who can afford maids? Poverty is directly correlated with being overweight. Doesn't quite make sense if this is all about who's working harder, does it?

      "A significant body of scientific evidence links poverty with higher rates of obesity. Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive study conducted thus far to document the nutritional status of the U.S. population, has found that low-income children and adolescents are more likely to be obese than their higher income counterparts"

      The toxic combination is a generally wealthy country with a large underclass. The underclass is fed cheap processed foods while the upper class enjoys healthier choices.

      •  Sorry but that's not a valid (7+ / 0-)

        refutation of the study.

        Yes, poverty is positively correlated with obesity.  That has nothing to do with whether the lifestyle of women in 2013 is more or less sedentary than it was in 1973.  

        "Unrestricted immigration is a dangerous thing -- look at what happened to the Iroquois." Garrison Keillor

        by Spider Stumbled on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:37:54 AM PST

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      •  Please read about the Thrifty Gene Hypothesis (3+ / 0-)
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        I'm posting this a good amount in response to comments here, but it's a very important concept that if known, people wouldn't get so outraged over something like this.

        Thrifty Gene Hypothesis

        Briefly, the Thrifty Gene Hypothesis argues that over hundreds of thousands of years, the evolutionary advantage has been to select for genes that allow humans (or all animals, really) to store energy.  This makes sense because for the longest time humans or our predecessors were nomads, hunters and gatherers that expended A LOT of energy moving around looking for good.

        Well, fast forward all the way to the 1950s where our lives have modernized and most of us don't have to grow our own food.  And fast forward to the digital age where fast food exploded and we're even more sedentary in our jobs.

        Add all that up (more calories from processed foods AND much less physical activity), and suddenly our very good energy storage capacity isn't much of a selective advantage anymore.  But evolution takes tens of thousands of years (at least in humans), so we're stuck in this bind.

        So yeah, there's the science basis.  But nope, must be outraged...

        It is done. Four More Years.

        by mconvente on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 10:35:09 AM PST

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        •  If outrage burned calories, (2+ / 0-)
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          a significant number of Daily Kos writers and readers would be slender. All the outrage does make me tired.

          We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. -Pres. Obama, 1/21/13

          by SoCalSal on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 11:46:14 AM PST

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