Are Fat People Really Learning Disabled?
Fox News has an article out today with the supposedly shocking news that 25 percent of fat people in one study had low enough scores on cognitive tests to be considered learning disabled.
The most glaring problem with this article is that it does not identify what percentage of population as a whole has a learning disability. Without that information, it reads as though fat has caused learning disabilities in 25 percent of all obese people.
That leaves only a six percent discrepancy.
For how many of those six percent are both obesity and cognitive issues symptoms of some other health problem?
The test subjects were on the verge of having weight loss surgery. Is it possible that worry about possible death or severe side effects caused low scores initially, and then higher scores once they--you know--survived?
What was the age of the test subjects? Weight gain and memory loss are both changes that happen during aging.
How does the stress of living in a culture that vilifies your body affect test scores?
The problem with articles like this is that they take a statistic and represent it as fact without fully examining all angles.