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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?

Stacy, Without an "E": Epicurean Iconfunkelnagelneue on February 19th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Check out Diet for a New America by John Robbins for citations of articles that link diet to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc. The articles are likely to be out of date, because the book came out in the 1980s, I believe, but you might be able to do a citation search to find more recent articles that are doing updated studies based on or inspired by the older ones.