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Interesting Article..

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by Kyla, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. Kyla

    Kyla ᴀɴɴɪᴇ ɢꜱᴀᴍᴩᴇʟ

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    This is not about ME or CFS, but has some really interesting parallels as to what happens when research findings conflict with established ways of thinking and "moral" attitudes.


    http://www.slate.com/articles/healt...e_that_losing_weight_makes_you_healthier.html

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    "It’s hard to think of any other disease...where treatment rarely works and most people are blamed for not “recovering.”

    I can think of one ;)

    If you aren't able to read this long an article, the summary is basically that when researchers find that dieting is ineffective or unhealthy or that overweight people live longer these results are ignored or dismissed out of hand. Also goes into the shaming and blame around this.
     
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    alex3619 Senior Member

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    I just posted this on a private FB page, with a link to the article:


    Societal views and assessing evidence on obesity and fat

    Don't pay much attention to the biology except as an exemplar, I am unsure how much is accurate. The question is how do current views alter how evidence is received.

    We have a similar issue with ME. The societal view is that you have to work through fatigue, only a good work ethic counts, and if you are not seen to have anything wrong with you then you don't.

    So is this having an impact on why the science behind ME is being ignored?
     
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