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05 March 2010 @ 08:04 pm
antidotal evidence  
I was watching a program which was (badly) debating if you could be healthy and over weight. One side included someone who had been a model and had nearly killed her self with her skinnyness, but was now a "plus sized" model at size 12. The other side had someone who had been horribly unhealthy while overweight and had lost her weight and regained her health.

What the once fat person couldn't see if that to prove that not all skinny people are healthy, the single example of the model being unhealthy proves that but to prove that all fat people are unhealthy, you can not just say, "I was unhealthy" and have it even chip away at the burden of evidence.

I wonder if this is a fundemental problem that some people have understanding the world?

Also, why didn't anyone point out that the "plus size" model wasn't overweight at all? This doesn't actual add to the arguement, other than the definition of "fat" needs some work.

Sadly the show was completely dumb.
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"I've been ionized.  But I'm okay now."gentlescholar on March 6th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Is "antidotal" a deliberate pun on "anecdotal?" Cute.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on March 6th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
sadly not deliberate. I can't spell to save my life.
Binkbinkbink on March 6th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
But you came up with a lovely turn of phrase. I like it a lot and will use it.
Antarctica, Winter 1982ivorjawa on March 6th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
Me, too. In fact, I plan on giving as much antidotal evidence to the rising tide of stupidity in the world as I can muster.
Binkbinkbink on March 6th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
The "plus size" model who is considerably slimmer than the average real person is the main reason so many normal people feel bad about themselves.

Also, for some reason, designers only want to make their fashions for size 0, so why hasn't anyone figured out they are ruling out the preponderance of the possible customer pool? There is some serious stupidity going on here.
The Water Seekerplymouth on March 6th, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)
What the once fat person couldn't see if that to prove that not all skinny people are healthy, the single example of the model being unhealthy proves that but to prove that all fat people are unhealthy, you can not just say, "I was unhealthy" and have it even chip away at the burden of evidence.

I am trying really hard to parse this sentence and I just can't. Huh?
"I've been ionized.  But I'm okay now."gentlescholar on March 6th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Replace "if" with "is".
katybeth on March 6th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Skinny person was unhealthy, therefore not all skinny people are healthy. True.
Fat person was unhealthy, and got healthier as she lost weight, therefore fat is unhealthy. BZZZT.