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18 February 2008 @ 12:14 pm
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I'm currently teaching a nutrition class, and the various topics for Friday include metabolism, energy balance, weight management, and eating disorders (whew! this'll spill over into later classes, too, I'm sure).  As a contrast to all of the material that I expect the students will come up with (but they are also likely to surprise me) I'd like to have some information on being healthy while having a much larger than "acceptable" BMI. 

I know some of you out there know much more about this than I do (I know next to nothing), so I'm hoping I can get a few pointers.  Web sights?  Actual scientific studies?  Do we, for example, have actual evidence that carrying many extra pounds causes cardiac problems, or do we only have a correlation?  If only a correlation, do we have evidence that the correlation is still strong when other correlating factors (e.g., amount of trans fats in the diet) are taken out of the equation?

Thanks!
 
 
 
kmdkmd on February 18th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)

One of the best websites out there for debunking BMI hysteria is:

http://www.junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/

and this is one of the best blogs for all-around debunking of obesity hysteria:

http://www.bigfatblog.com/

And this is my very favorite website for nutrition and Health at Every Size info:

http://www.lindabacon.org/

Her publications rock. Especially http://www.lulu.com/content/128917 which she says is a work in progress, but I love it.