Posts Tagged ‘obesity paradox’

The Phantom Paradox of Obesity and Brain Function

May 27, 2021 — Two serious health concerns – obesity and loss of brain function – intersect in curious ways. Good evidence suggests that obesity in early and mid life can have a negative effect on cognition. But later in life, the story is a bit fuzzier. In fact, some researchers have suggested the opposite might be true for […]

Flaws in Pushing the Idea of Harmless Obesity

April 6, 2018 — So much energy goes into amping up the “crisis” of obesity that an equal and opposite reaction is natural. Surely, can’t a person be fat and fit? Aren’t there certain situation where a bit of extra adiposity can actually help a person’s health? But a series of recent papers challenges two concepts of harmless obesity […]

Had Enough: Inconclusive Obesity Paradox Publications

October 22, 2017 — “More research is needed.” We find those immortal words at the end of a large percentage of research papers. But Anna Peeters is calling for just the opposite. In the International Journal of Obesity (IJO), she says we’ve had enough of inconclusive obesity paradox publications. How Much Health Risk Does Obesity Cause? Simply asking this […]

Confounded by Big Data and the Obesity Paradox

September 20, 2016 — We live in an age of big data. That big data brings the possibility of big new insights in nutrition, obesity, and health. It also brings the possibility of big mistakes as people try to translate associations they find into cause and effect relationships. Especially with big data sets, the possibility of confounding errors looms large. Confounding […]

More Questions Than Answers About the Obesity Paradox

October 2, 2015 — A new study published this week in Obesity raises more questions than it answers about the obesity paradox. This paradox had been seen in many studies: people with cardiovascular disease who have excess weight sometimes live longer than people with weight in the normal BMI range. In this new study, Andrew Stokes and Samuel Preston […]