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Thursday, November 11, 2010

More Likely

More Likely

Guess what.  Children who are overweight are 75% more likely to be overweight as adults.  Know how I know?  The news told me (which means you can take that to the bank!). You see, someone did a “study” on it.  Well, I’ve got 2 cents for them:

#1 First of all . . . really?  They needed a study to find that out?  I’m trying to tread lightly, here, but that study is kind of like saying that people who drive a car are 75% more likely to get where they’re going faster than walking.  People who eat beans for lunch are 75% more likely to have a noisier afternoon than those who don’t.  People who own cats are 75% more likely to have cat fur on their furniture.  My point is: duh.

#2 Who cares?  Can’t they find something more relevant to talk about on the evening news?  How about world events or politics?  How about the economy?  Extend the weather section of the news, for Pete’s sake.  Oh, well.  I guess if this study is the only thing we all have to worry about at the moment, we’re doing alright as a society.

#3 Surely, someone had to spend money on conducting this study.  I feel like that money could be better spent curing cancer, feeding the homeless, or, let’s see, maybe improving defensive driving videos or something.

I could say more, but then I would be getting into topics not involving evening news studies.  Got any more “duh” studies you’ve heard of?  Please share!  J


Jess said...

I saw one a few weeks ago titled "Study shows people who eat fast food daily are more likely to suffer heart disease." Really? No way! I never would have thought...


AmberLaShell said...

I agree that one is a duh moment, and i honestly can't think of one.. I don't watch the news, I hate it! Great post!

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Jumble Mash said...

Soooo true!! There are so many studies like this, I'm sure. It's like people have nothing better to do than to waste money to tell us something that we don't care about and that if we did actually care we could have figured it out ourselves.

theTsaritsa said...

The local evening news is either all about crime or BS consumer/health issues. This study gets a "double duh."

Annah said...

Seriously I agree. Must've been a slow day on the news' front.

Gina said...

Thank you so, so much for writing this. I no longer watch local news (or the TODAY show, for that matter) because it seems like this kind of crap is all they have. Every time they do one of these crap-pseudo-scientific pieces, I think all of the same three things you listed. Spot on.

Cole Garrett said...

@ Jess Yeah, so... fast food = heart disease. Seems pretty basic. I'm a big believer in moderation. (That doesn't mean I can do it 100% of the time, but I try.) Think about it this way: when we eat things, don't we know deep down whether it's a good thing to put in your body or a bad thing? Of course. Oreo = bad. Carrot = good. Eat lots of Oreos = bad things happen. Eat lots of carrots = good things happen.

Cole Garrett said...

As for news in general: well, it's actually difficult for me to find the time of day to actually sit down and watch the news. The way I see it, if something big goes down, one of my coworkers will tell me or it'll be on my browser's homepage in big bold letters. It's how I filter out news. :)

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