Re: Sitting Down for Too Long 'Causes Health Problems
- From: Chris Malcolm <cam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 20 Jan 2010 22:29:02 GMT
Kurt <kurtwheeling1965@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Jan 20, 7:40???am, "Cheri" <cher...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"Kurt" <kurtwheeling1...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Great example of Tom's (Gantlet) advice of "Up, Up, and Away!" from
the computer. :)
Inactivity can increase a person's risk of developing diabetes or
heart disease, regardless of how often he or she works out, studies
show. The chance of developing metabolic syndrome may increase by 26
percent for every extra hour a woman spends watching television, no
matter how much exercise she had.
I don't believe that bullshit, but thanks for posting it. I especially liked
"The chance of developing metabolic syndrome may increase by 26 percent for
every extra hour a woman spends watching television, no matter how much
exercise she had." I guess it doesn't apply to the men that are glued to the
TV for all those Bowl Games and other sports that goes on year round. :-)
Like most studies, there will probably be another coming along soon
that says the opposite. I thought it was interesting and it was a
"study" rather than an op-ed piece so the findings are more than just
It's not a "study", although you wouldn't be able to tell that from
the ADA's very poor reporting. It's an editorial making a general
point and asking a question. The question is in the title, which of
course is something else the ADA don't tell you.
"Are we facing a new paradigm of inactivity physiology?"
Also important to note that the ADA didn't do the study,
they just reported it.
And in doing demonstrating the problems of using the ADA as a medical
research news source!
The press release behing this has been widely reported. For some
reason the ADA chose to base their own report not on the original
press release but from an article derived from it in the Telegraph, a
British newspaper. That report in the Telegraph was the shortest
summary of the study I found in looking at the first half dozen that
Google threw up. That isn't surprising to anyone familiar with the
Telegraph's standard of science reporting.
Why wouldn't the ADA start with the press release like everyone else
did? Google News will supply you with that kind of thing at no
cost. And if you're going to rely on someone else's second hand
summary of the release, why pick one of the worst? In fact not content
with picking one of the worst, they then cut it half to make quite
sure that their report was the worst you'll find anywhere!
But wait! I'm being unfair to the ADA here!
As Kurt has pointed out in our previous arguments on this particular
topic, the ADA doesn't intend to supply a detailed report. This is
simply a taster. They supply a reference to the original so that
interested people can go there to find out more.
So what do the ADA give us as a reference? They give a link to the
Telegraph newspaper! Not even to the article within it! And they
mention that "researchers" (no names) published this in the British
Journal of Sports Medicine. And if you go there you won't find it
because it hasn't been published there yet!
What Cheri objected to, the comment about the "woman sitting in front
of a TV", is an artefact of the ADA's absurdly truncated third hand
report. In the better reports in better newspapers you will find the
TV watching woman is a quotation from another study to make a point,
not as the ADA's report suggests, part of the "study" they're
This kind of thing makes me really angry! For an extra five minutes
spent on that report the ADA could have produced one of the best
reports of this study. Instead they produced what is probably the
worst report you'll be able to find anywhere!
Here for example is a much better report from the Independent, another
British paper. It caters to a better educated readership than the
Note that unlike the ADA it gives you enough names and details to be
able to find the original report. Here's the original report, a PDF
This is the first in a long time that I've bothered to check out one
of the ADA's research news "reports". If this is a representative
sample they've got worse since last I drew Kurt's attention to how
poor they were. Which can only mean they don't give a damn about the
quality of their medical news reports.
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