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New Paul Campos, Glenn Gaesser journal article

Paul Campos and Glenn Gaesser (et. al.), are making sense as usual, this time in Oxford's International Journal of Epidemiology: "The epidemiology of overweight and obesity: public health crisis or moral panic?"

I was going to quote from the article, but frankly, there's just too much well supported, well expressed awesomeness to fit into one, two, three or even four blockquotes.

Here's the full article. Enjoy.

Oh - and if you haven't read Paul Campos' "The Obesity Myth" (also called "The Diet Myth") or Glenn Gaesser's "Big Fat Lies," then check it out! These are absolutely essential for anyone who's interested in what medical research research and population data reveal about weight and health.

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vesta44
January 28th, 2011 | Link | It's definitely a moral

It's definitely a moral panic - follow the money and you'll see who has the most to gain from this outcry, and it isn't the 2/3 of the American population that is supposedly 'overweight' or 'obese'. It's the diet industry, the pharmaceutical companies, and the medical community, along with the government - who doesn't want us to concentrate on all the things they're doing wrong. Heaven forbid we realize that they're distracting us with smoke and mirrors while they're spending our country into ruin.
Their thoughts run "Let's distract everyone with an epidemic that doesn't exist, head it up with that 2% of "morbidly obese" headless fat people - dehumanize them, make them into social pariahs, accuse them of using up all the resources, and make sure everyone finds them ugly, disgusting, stupid, lazy, etc. That will definitely divert attention from everything we don't want the citizenry to challenge us on. And to top it all off, we'll advocate 'cures' that don't work but make us fucktons of money in the meantime."
Cynical much? Who, me? Why no, not at all........lolsob

WLS - Sorry, not my preferred way of dying. *glares at doctor recommending it*

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richie79
January 28th, 2011 | Link | An oldie (originally

An oldie (originally published in 2005, before the current panic really gathered steam) but a goodie, and one I fsometimes link to as a 'obesoskeptic 101' for those unfamiliar with the concept because for a relatively short and accessible piece it covers a great deal of ground and all the fundamental tenets on which FA is based. What is interesting to note, however, is that whilst IJE articles are frequently regurgitated by the mass media when they appear to back up (or can be twisted into supporting) the latest health scare du jour, this one was entirely ignored by the press, no doubt because the message didn't fit with their prevailing bias against fat and fat people.

"What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right" - Albert Einstein

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Viola
January 28th, 2011 | Link | Oh, they also list Abigail

Oh, they also list Abigail Saguy, Paul Ernsberger and Eric Oliver. I have Oliver's book, Fat Politics and Gaesser's Big Fat Lies. I've also read Paul Campos' book. Thanks for posting this!

pocomommy January 31st, 2011 | Link | Thanks for the link. I read

Thanks for the link. I read the subsequent articles in that journal, the back and forth BUT OMG IT REALLY IS A CRISIS from responders to Campos et al. I was discouraged until I read the Campos final word/article at the end of the issue. They reasserted that they are lobbying for healthy lifestyles for the sake of health, and ended with this sentence: "The road to good health is wide enough for everyone."

Paul Campos is my hero.

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vesta44
January 31st, 2011 | Link | I've read so many of his

I've read so many of his articles on health and fatness and the comments always floor me. Most of them are of the "he's a lawyer, wtf does he know about health?" variety. I think what those people don't take into consideration is Paul's own journey with weight loss and maintaining it, and the research abilities a lawyer has to have in order to win cases. From my perspective, I'd say Paul Campos is a brilliant man, and I'm glad he's working to set the record straight about people and fat.

WLS - Sorry, not my preferred way of dying. *glares at doctor recommending it*

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DeeLeigh
January 31st, 2011 | Link | Lawyers are brilliant with

Lawyers are brilliant with verbal logic and precise language, and the data on obesity is often misrepresented through the imprecise and misleading use of language - sometimes by the researchers themselves. Notice, Dr. Glenn Gaesser is the last author. That means he provided direction and oversight. In scientific papers, the first author is the person who did the majority of the work, and the last author is the principal investigator (the head of the lab or workgroup).

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