aelfie (aelfie) wrote,

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

So one of the joys of being a librarian is the ability to research a topic to death. I've been reading some fascinating stuff lately. I started on Fat Power, then quickly moved to fast/mega food industry, meatpacking industries, to obesity in america (they kept referencing each other, adding onto my "to read list")

Awhile back I found something. A much quoted piece of statistics, that fit, active, fat people are healthier (read "less likely to die") than sedentary, thin people. Later in my reading, I found a refute to that. Someone went back over the study sample & discovered an omission. The Dr. who originally found the correlation neglected forgot to discount the smokers. If you take them out, the sample snaps back to what you would think. Fat people are less heatly than thin people.

That makes the fit, fat people (like me) who have been patting themselves on the back for doing such a good job of working out regularly, being active, and for once getting one thing right, go "Well, fuck!"

Notice, however, I'm not saying "why bother!". I bother 'cause I feel better, and am a better mother for it. If I didn't get my fat, active ass to the gym every fucking day, I'd never get a shower, I'd never get a chance to stitch, & then every-body's life would be miserable. Trust me.

One of these days I'm going to remember that you can prove anything (including that W is smart) by using Statistics!

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