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Monday, April 10, 2006

Obesity

William Saletan at Slate.com writes a brief article about the latest research concerning obesity (most obese people fail to realize that they qualify as obese).  He states,

In a study, they (obese individuals) accurately calculated their height and weight but classified themselves as overweight, not obese. By contrast, more than 70 percent of overweight and normal-weight people accurately classified themselves. Interpretations: 1) Fat people don't know the numerical threshold of obesity. 2) They know it but don't want to admit they're fat. 3) We're getting so fat we've lost all perspective on what fat is. (For Human Nature's previous update on our slipping standards of fatness, click here.)

Saletan has other interesting health-related articles posted at the Human Nature section of Slate.com. 

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