Only the Plump Die Young?


Author: John Luik
Article Published: 24/04/2005


Some people don't know when to quit. You would think that after the debacle over the grossly inflated estimates of so-called obesity-related deaths from the US Center for Disease Control that the fat police would have the decency to just shut up. But the scary junk science stories about killer fat just keep coming. The latest is an alarmist study in the New England Journal of Medicine titled "Children's Life Expectancy Being Cut Short by Obesity." The study, by a team led by Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois, makes the astonishing and quite unsupported claim that for the first time since at least 1900 children born in the United States today will live shorter lives than their parents due to obesity-caused mortality. The study's only problems are...




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