ambivalent (idealusion) wrote in ed_ucate,

contradicting conclusions

it can be difficult to know what to believe about health these days -- with so many studies with so many factors, plus the watered-down analysis the popular media gives, it can be frustrating to try and take away any meaningful message from it all.

i found this to be the case this week, especially with the controversy that took place here. just a few days ago, there was a study that came out suggesting that unless a person is on the lowest end of the "healthy weight" spectrum, their risk for developing cancer increases. then, only a few days later, another study comes out saying that being overweight does NOT increase the risk of dying from cancer and may even be beneficial in protecting against other conditions.

i absolutely do not want this to be a discussion over which research is "right" ... the point i am trying to make is that the scientific process is by no means an easy one. it generally takes a long time to arrive at sound conclusions, and even then, new evidence may turn everything on its head. however, for those of us who are eager to apply research to improve our own lives may be discouraged at the contradictions we hear.

so my question to you all is: what is your attitude towards health research?

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