I came across this story while browsing Google News. It wasn’t at the top of the page under “Top Stores,” or in the “Editor’s Picks.” It also wasn’t featured in the “Spotlight” or “Most Popular” sections. It was at the very bottom of the page, the third of three stories in the “Health” section (a section that most people probably have disabled entirely).
Why would this be the case? The potential ramifications of this study are enormous. If accurate, it could refute nearly everything we assume about proper nutrition and health. It could impact decision making among individuals, corporations, and governments to an enormous extent. It would certainly impact the average person’s everyday life infinitely more than the latest bipartisan spending bill nonsense that is currently dominating the headlines.
So why isn’t this story a bigger deal? Could it have anything to do with the fact that, if true, it would mean that the collective governments of the world, nearly all of the medical establishment, and nearly all of the media were completely and totally wrong on a massive scale? It would mean that all the money we’ve spent and all the draconian policies we’ve implemented “fighting obesity” were not actually doing any good towards improving human health and happiness whatsoever. In fact, they’ve likely caused harm. In an era where public schools send notes home to parents telling them that their children are too fat, based solely on their BMI, it would be fairly significant to find out that what the BMI considers to be overweight is actually healthier than what it considers to be normal, would it not? Contrast this to the treatment of studies that re-enforce the media and the state’s current preferred information, which typically receive front-page treatment and are shouted from the rooftops.
What amazes me the most about this article is that there doesn’t seem to be any real case against it. They weren’t able to find someone to denounce the study or declare it obviously incorrect. The closest thing to criticism they provide is the director of the CDC basically giving a non-answer and saying “We still have a lot to learn.” What a ridiculous response that is. If true, this study would essentially change everything we know about how someone’s weight relates to their health, a topic that seems to be a pretty big deal to a lot of people. And that’s the best the establishment can do? Shrug their shoulders and say whatever?
It’s entirely possible that this study is wrong. I don’t claim to be an expert on health or nutrition; in fact, it’s probably one of the things I’m least informed about. However, this study should be a huge eye-opener to anyone who blindly trusts the government to provide correct information on vital topics such as health. Sometimes, they get it really really wrong, and if they find out they’re wrong, they’d much rather continue being wrong than admit to a mistake.