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([personal profile] pat Apr. 15th, 2008 12:28 pm)
I am watching "Supersize Me" by Morgan Spurlock and it is pissing me the hell off. Not because there aren't some valid points to be made about the deleterious effects of fast food and convenience foods, but because it is feeding into the whole "obesity epidemic" crap -- see Junkfood Science on this score -- and because there is some simple plain stupidity in it. Such as when the son of the founders of Baskin Robbins talks about how Ben (of Ben and Jerry's) and his father and uncle had all significant coronary problems. He then finished by saying "You can't deny these links!"

I sure as hell can. First of all, the plural of anecdote is not data. Secondly, without any information about health risks among the individuals generally, to point to one specific factor as causing their disease is plainly ludicrous.

They showed this in my son's health class. Nothing like fostering a lack of critical thinking skills.

Then again, I am finding the segment on school lunches to be interesting. But my annoyance at some of the rest of the documentary is tempering my enthusiasm.

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I watched that movie awhile back. I cant' remember it too well now.
I'll be curious what you think of it when it's done.

I love your quote: "the plural of anecdote is not data."
did you make that one up? you're a goddess!

My father and grandfather and uncle all had coronary disease. So if I get it too..... does that mean ART causes heart problems.
Or maybe being white and growing up in the Midwest causes it?

you can't deny these links!!!!!

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Owning an ice cream company causes heart disease. Riiiight.

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the plural of anecdote is not data

LOL. I love this.

I'm with you, 100%. Plenty of ranting in my journal in recent months on similar topics. I've never seen the movie, but I have no intention of doing so. I think it will just piss me off with no good effect.

But... in your son's CLASS? As you say, where are the critical thinking skills??


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