Did you read that article in Scientific American yesterday? I know Kate did and she had a great response.

And this morning, so did Paul Campos.

I’m going to pay Raeburn the compliment of assuming he’s an incompetent journalist rather than, for example, someone on the take from a maker of diet drugs.

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  1. Toby Wollin
    Posted August 21, 2007 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    I love me some Paul Campos too — “assuming he’s an incompetent journalist” — woohoo. Someone finally nailed one of these lazy flacks publicly. It’s not only this sort of pseudo-expert health crap coverage that attracts bad journalism – how many other gen-u-wine hard core journalists are there out there that are not swallowing junk and regurgitating it – whether it’s in terms of politics (Bush, Tony Snow, et al), the economy, etc.? Sometimes it seems that if we did not have the blogs, we would not get fact-checked stuff AT ALL.

  2. Posted August 21, 2007 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    Oh, how I love him. That is all.

  3. Posted August 21, 2007 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    Oh, yeah. My Fangirl Reading for the guy is pretty much pegged at the “Ohmigawd” level, both for pointing out the links between racism & fatphobia that have been in front of my nose for decades, and for the ongoing high quality of his arguments (even that time I didn’t agree with him about the steroids.) I recommend following his column regularly — lotsa good stuff.

  4. Posted August 21, 2007 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    In that last paragraph, is Campos saying Willett himself is a fatass? Or merely that he comes by his own gauntness without any serious effort?

    Either way, he does it again. Damn, I wish there were more of him to go around, every daily paper should have one!

  5. Fillyjonk
    Posted August 21, 2007 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Willett is quite thin — of course it takes a naturally thin person to spout all this shit about how staying borderline underweight is totally easy-peasy. I think Campos is implying that Willett does something besides work out and pop ephedra, which is pretty much what it would take for any naturally fat person to achieve a 21 BMI.

  6. Becky
    Posted August 21, 2007 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Meowser, I was wondering that too. I thought maybe he was saying that Willett’s BMI is greater than 21… after all, on most people a BMI of 21 is pretty freaking skeletal.

  7. Posted August 21, 2007 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Oh, I highly doubt working out and popping ephedra would get me that thin. Not unless you throw in a year-long bout of giardiasis.

  8. Mel
    Posted August 22, 2007 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Of course, conveniently ignoring all the wonderful data provided in Gina Kolata’s book, “Rethinking Thin.” Then again, who wants to plug a competing health reporter? ;-)

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