Fat and Sassy

my views on being larger than life.

Here’s why you should read who funds studies. January 30, 2010


So i was looking for new weight loss news to post and all i found were these 2 papers:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/177589.php  is a post about how alli will lower abdominal fat….guess who funded it?  guess who WROTE the article and gave it to yahoo and other “news journals?”  Source: Debbie Bolding  for GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare.  In the study the difference between the “control” group and the alli group was “5.96 kg versus 3.91 kg, respectively”  so what?  such a HUGE loss of around 6 or 4 kg.   Some proven weight loss….and that was at the 6 month mark….did they keep it off?  what were the 12 month stats like?   Furthermore it is nothing but a badly written ad for alli in the first place….fail…trhats not “weight loss news”  thats just a badly written advertismnet….go sell it to readers digest im done with it.

 another good example of the “follow the money” idea for reading so called weight loss news is THIS gem right here.  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/177654.php.  this article doesn’t even give statistical data, it just gives the same old generalities as usual.  “There are risks associated with barbaric surgery, as there are with any surgical procedure, but the risks associated with the procedure may pale in comparison to the health complications that can be caused by obesity,” said Christopher Still, D.O., director of the Geisinger Center for Nutrition and Weight Management.”   LMAO anyone want to care to guess what the geisinger company does?   It’s an insurance group, runs nursing homes, and bariatric weight loss centers in PA. 

Think about it people, “weight loss has become a year-round preoccupation–and a source of profit for a $40 billion industry.” (from http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/030616/16profit.htm)  its in the industries best interests to keep you coming back for more…..to advertise in sneaky ways (they wouldn’t have to put results not typical in ads if there’s wasnt a LAW about it somewhere, think about it people!)   Theres more money in us hating ourselves and dieting for our the rest of their lives, buying their products every day, than us enjoying life, and eating well.    40 billion dollar industry…..

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One Response to “Here’s why you should read who funds studies.”

  1. Patsy Nevins Says:

    Actually, some sources that that income from all sources connected with the weight loss/weight management business is up to over $100 billon yearly in the US these days. Makes you pause & think, doesn’t it? I wouldn’t suppose that anyone would have any reason to lie to us, to exaggerate or even manufacture “health risks” of fat, &/or exaggerate the value & safety of weight loss, would you? OF COURSE NOT! These altruistic souls are just concerned for our health!


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