Deaths from coronary artery disease in the U.S. went down by half between 1980 and 2000, and researchers at the University of Liverpool attribute this to positive lifestyle changes and better treatments.
Now for the bad news: Those same researchers go on to say, on no cited evidence, that the number of deaths would have been reduced even further had it not been for the rise in obesity and diabetes.
How do they know this? Well, they don't, actually. One researcher is quoted as saying, "The increase in obesity and diabetes are a wakeup call. They reflect the increasing consumption of large helpings of junk food."
Hmmm. So deaths from heart disease have decreased during the same time that rate of obesity have increased, yet obesity is still to blame. That's what I call having it both ways.
An epidemiologist could look at the same information and come to the opposite conclusion: That obesity has a protective effect when it comes to death from heart disease.
Seems like more of the same fat-is-evil ranting to me, liberally laced with assumptions and a heaping helping of bias. Mmm, mmm.