New insights about how to make an intervention in children and adolescents with metabolic syndrome: diet, exercise vs. changes in body composition. A systematic review of RCT by Perez et al.
Thank you for this breakdown.
It kills me that the researchers get to this first point: “MS in the pediatric population is difficult to define“ …and don’t just STOP right there.
Again, why do I bother teaching statistics. You pointed out so many places where the basic tenants are violated. It's depressing honestly.
One of my top irritants is to continually hear both doctors and others claim that weight loss efforts will produce health benefits as if that is a proven fact, when it is anything but. So many weight loss activities, from starvation to gastric bypass, to taking unknown supplements are clearly harmful, with facts to back it up, yet if they do actually result in weight loss, it is temporary and often unrelated to any health gains.
I had a conversation with someone over T2D and gastric bypass, where they told me that gastric bypass causes weight loss which cures diabetes. They know this because their friend actually had to stop taking insulin in the hospital after bypass surgery because they were “already seeing the benefits”. Since it’s quite impossible that in the day or two since surgery anyone could lose enough weight to quit taking insulin, I looked into more and now they say that by sectioning off part of the stomach, they eliminate certain hormones the stomach has been producing and insulin control improves. This effect happens even for people that don’t lose much weight from the bypass surgery. If doctors spent less time telling people their weight is causing illness, we may find lots of things like this, where instead of people gaining weight, they get I’ll, we find that people get I’ll, and weight gain follows. Which means just stopping or reversing the weight loss, does not make them healthy.
Every time that I’m reading Ragen’s articles that dismantle biased and generally bad methods, I find myself saying things aloud like “Oh snap!” and “Burnnnn!”. Research clap backs are my favorite. Well done!
Thank you for this excellent takedown. It’s infuriating that people who call themselves scientists make conclusions that they hope will have broad impact based on such a limited number of studies and shape those conclusions to fit their preconceived ideas (for instance, that particular results must be due weight loss rather behavior change).