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Saturday, April 24, 2004

Size Doesn't Matter

For another challenge to common knowledge, here's an interesting article Clare* found. An excerpt from the middle:

The most extensive work of this sort has been carried out by Steven Blair and his colleagues at Dallas's Cooper Institute, involving more than 70,000 people. What they have discovered is that, quite simply, when researchers take into account the activity levels and resulting fitness of the people being studied, body mass appears to have no relevance to health whatsoever. In Blair's studies, obese people who engage in at least moderate levels of physical activity have around one half the mortality rate of sedentary people who maintain supposedly ideal weight levels.

I would be interested to hear any comments, counter-arguments, etc....

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