Wednesday, November 21, 2007

BBC News believes obesity is a potential crisis on the scale of climate change

As you can maybe tell, I'm not doing super well on the quiz. It starts with being able to name something they call 'footballers.' But, really? Obesity is a potential crisis on the scale of climate change? Are the morbidly obese going to start shoving buildings over to get at the tasty people inside? Are we going to turn all reachable land over to king corn? What's the logic here?

10 comments:

Beth said...

I got 1/10 right! And I don't get it... if overweight people live longer than how does this create a crisis on the scale of any of those choices??

Rionn Fears Malechem said...

Obese people are still very bad at longevity. It's the overweight-by-BMI that were supposed to live longer. Check this out: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/health/article3138509.ece
' The report "definitely won't be the last word", said Dr Michael Thun of the American Cancer Society, who pointed out, in a report released last week by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, that staying slim was the main recommendation for avoiding cancer.

Others in the American medical community, while a little bemused, were withholding judgement. "This is a very puzzling disconnect," said Dr JoAnn Manson, the chief of preventive medicine at Harvard's Brigham and Women's Hospital.'

I believe I blogged on that when it came out; it's contradicted by this:
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/534251/
"Life expectancy for a man of normal weight is 76.1 years; for an overweight man it’s 75.9 and for an obese man, it’s 74.2. For a woman of normal weight, life expectancy is 74 years; for an overweight woman it’s 72.7 and for an obese woman it’s 71.6."
Men only live less long because we're fat, I guess.

Beth said...

I've read articles that maintain there is a 50% greater chance of either dying from or having a recurrence of breast cancer if one gains weight after diagnosis.

joanna said...

To correctly answer some of those questions (i.e. 2, 3, 7) may depend on who you read and what source you chose to relay on, everything's relative is this world... `got 7/10 but, considering my involvement, I would've preferred 10/10.

Rionn Fears Malechem said...

Joanna,
Thanks for leaving a comment! I preferred 10/10 myself, so I took the test a second time, scoring perfectly. It may sound like cheating, but it's the approach I recommend*.
The quiz itself was really badly written, and interacted with British pop culture a little too much. If only we could get an American obesity expert to publish an obesity quiz to the web! Even an immigrant would do ;)

* -- In the immortal words of Sting, IcantIcantIcantstandlosing
IcantIcantIcantstandlosing
IcantIcantIcantIcantstandlosing....

joanna said...

Nothing wrong with taking it twice - quizzes aim (allegedly) to teach us something, plus having a second chance always feels good. Thks for sharing the quiz along w/your original score:)

Rionn Fears Malechem said...

Actually? Did you 7 out of 10 include number 8? I guess I made that a gimme, but would it have? Where does this idea come from? I note that you don't include it in your list of 'answers that depend on who you believe.' Is this generally accepted?

joanna said...

I confess, I would`ve chosen "binge drinking" had the quiz come from Russia or Poland, and I may`ve seriously considered "AIDS" had it been made in China, BUT a) you did give the answer away and b) your blog has provided me w/rich literature on the subject of global climate catastrophe (Jim Hansen, Nancy Stauffer, etc.), so how could I`ve not chosen "climate change" considering that I do believe obesity is a GLOBAL crisis?? Did I get 7 or 6/10?

Central Thai Guy said...

Maybe it says something about the severity of the climate change crisis - i.e., climate change is about as big a crisis as being overweight? Ho hum... Move along folks, nothing to fear here.

Rionn Fears Malechem said...

CTG,
Thanks for coming by the blog. And, you're exactly right. Either obesity is a civilization-ending phenomenon or climate change isn't; neither assertion seems particularly sane.
RFM