Tuesday, April 22, 2008

US Women's Life Expectancy Study

It was reported today that the life expectancy of Women in some parts of the United States, mainly rural areas, is actually falling. The primary suspect is chronic disease related to obesity such as diabetes and heart disease. I just heard John Scott of Fox News and his guest expert speculating that it must be due to the traditional diets of things like deep fried "down home" cooking.

Do you see the obvious flaw in that analysis? When you're looking for the cause of something new, you don't look at what behavior has stayed the same, you look for what is different. How have diets in these areas changed in the period from 1961 to 1999?

I submit a more likely culprit is the increased availability and consumption of refined starches and sugars. These people aren't getting fat from deep fried meat and crawfish (otherwise the situation would have stayed the same). It's all about the doughnuts, the french fries, the bread - the carbohydrates.

Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, these folks will no doubt be advised to decrease their fat intake and replace it with carbs. If they take this advice, the problem will perpetuate.

There is a serious problem in the lack of objective analysis of data in this country that is not limited to the field of nutrition.

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