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January 07, 2003

Fat people got no reason to....

This article titled Land of the Free, Home of the Fat has an interesting statement:

Some of Mr. Critser's observations are more dubious, like his citation of a survey associating obesity with higher levels of religiosity, or his worry that "assortative mating" ("fat attracting fat") will lead to fat parents producing more fat children. Such bizarre notions, combined with a perfunctory assessment of the ways in which America can combat obesity, distract attention from the very real and alarming problems, discussed in this otherwise absorbing volume, of living large.

I wonder what the author would think about someone like me....

Update: I'm not fat. I was just smirking at what she thought were strange ideas, since I put a lot of stock in assortive mating.

Posted by razib at 09:43 PM

So are you a fatso?

Posted by: John Ray at January 8, 2003 04:16 AM

After reading the post, I would assume that razib meant to imply "someone like me" with "bizarre notions" about such things as assortive mating and an interest in religiosity.

Posted by: Brandy at January 8, 2003 05:20 AM

Michiko Kakutani has a solid reputation as a literary critic in the Review of Books, but she seems to have little understanding of the sciences, social or hard. Don't worry Razib. Accepting that intense interest in scientific matters is a statistical rarity, you are not bizarre. At the very least, you are no more bizarre than I am.

Posted by: duende at January 8, 2003 08:02 AM

Fat people got no reason to what? Live? I thought that was short people. Also the assortative mating stuff is very interesting.

Posted by: Jon Wilkins at January 8, 2003 04:00 PM

Does anyone have figures in regards to obesity and g? Chris Brand's site has a new article on his bolg that mentions that their is a negative corelation, but doesn't have the figure. That doesn't surprise me, but what surprise me, is if the corelation was higher that .30.

Posted by: the_alpha_male28 at January 9, 2003 10:59 AM