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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!
 
 
 
sethb on February 19th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
Body fat percentage is a much more useful piece of information (in terms of health), but it's harder to measure and the light's better over here.