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The Obesity Rate for Children Has Not Plummeted

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Slate looks behind the headline trumpeted by the New York Times:

  2. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    The fat children need to get on Big Ragu's superduper eating regimen.
  3. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Best tag line ever?

    Razib Khan is a blogger for the Unz Review at Gene Expression. He is currently a Ph.D. student studying the evolutionary genomics of the domestic cat.
  4. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    my all time favorite NPR story dealing with obesity.

  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Why does YF get to post Slate links without getting the business for it, huh?
  6. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    He's more diversified.
  7. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    He doesn't wear it like a frock coat of erudition.
  8. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    YF, stop hogging Dickie's toys.
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Yeah. Put articles about marijuana, poor schools, or cisphobia in the mix.
  10. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Good takeaways in the piece:

    <i>The first concerns how the sausage is made in modern science, and the question is: Why was this even published in the first place, with all the caveats? Because a great deal of research manages to get published. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. So when you read a headline that appears too good to be true, remember: Just because it appears in a reputable journal does not mean that a study has “proved” anything.

    A far bigger issue is that studies like these, and the headlines that result, drive the discussion about public health and policy in this country.</i>
  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    This is what happens when you have a press looking to shape policy. And, when you have too many in the media unable to do their own research, let alone read the original study, then the spin put on it by the big boys, like the New York Times gets repeated.

    Smaller news orgs think they're reporting news, when instead, they are advancing an agenda.
  12. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Actual answer: Journalists don't understand science.
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