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Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Line Up At The Drivethru!

That's right folks. Finish reading this post, hop in the car and get you some Fast Food! (I'm kidding. But seriously...finish reading the post.)

CHICAGO — Being overweight is nowhere near as big a killer as the government thought, ranking No. 7 instead of No. 2 among the nation's leading preventable causes of death, according to a startling new calculation from the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated today that packing on too many pounds accounts for 25,814 deaths a year in the United States. As recently as January, the CDC came up with an estimate 14 times higher: 365,000 deaths.
Interesting, to say the least. But never let it be said that CDC will let science get in the way of their pet project (i.e., spending our money badly):

CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said because of the uncertainty in calculating the health effects of being overweight, the CDC is not going to use the brand-new figure of 25,814 in its public awareness campaigns and is not going to scale back its fight against obesity.

"There's absolutely no question that obesity is a major public health concern of this country," she said. Gerberding said the CDC will work to improve methods for calculating the consequences of obesity.
Ok, so we want to be a little cautious. Of course, then there's this:

The analysis was led by Katherine Flegal, a senior research scientist with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The study that had to be corrected was conducted by a different arm of the CDC, the Division of Adult and Community Health, and its authors included Gerberding. (emphasis mine)
I hate to point this out...but the very person at CDC quoted as suggesting that they will not use this new number just happens to be one of the authors who originally helped find the (allegedly) outrageously high figure of 365,000. Interesting, to say the least.

This is just another in a long and distinguished line of things-the-government-tells-us-about-health-that-turn-out-to-be-so-much-crap.

Sorry guys, cry wolf all you like. I can't hear you over the screaming kids at Burger King.


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