Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Screw facts, give 'em the narrative!

This seems familiar.
In a 2005 study published by The Journal of the American Medical Association, Flegal, Williamson, and two other researchers reported that people the government considers “overweight” have lower mortality rates than people with supposedly “healthy” weights. They were criticized not so much for being wrong as for being unhelpful. “Your patients likely did not read the original article,” said an editorial in the journal Obesity Management, “but they did likely hear about it in the news and the message they got was not to worry so much about overweight and obesity. I do not think this is the message you want them to have.”

Fat, jihad, "global warming"--don't publish actual findings so the peasants can weigh evidence for themselves! Stick to the story we want people to believe!

(I don't make resolutions. Every few weeks I'll realize I need to eat fewer tasty foods and more foods that resemble weeds; after about three days I'm miserable and end up at Kopps. But that's no one's damn business but mine, thank you.)

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