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    Quote Originally Posted by Words of Ivory View Post
    Tons of the world's most renowned intellectuals are overweight. Apparently, in all that time they spent thinking about stuff, they never thought it would be a good idea to go out for a jog every so often...
    That's for a different study. These links involve correlations. How do we know it's not a hormone imbalance causing the weight issue in both groups?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinlan View Post
    Even those with the lowest IQs should be able to understand the prevailing "eat less exercise more" wisdom.
    It's not so much a matter of understanding the wisdom behind it. It's a question of caring about the wisdom behind it. Who cares more about such issues, those with higher IQ or those with lowly IQ? There may be non-carers in both groups. Losing weight involves future expectation of reward with little reward in the short run. Which group tends to plan more for the future? Which group is better able to put off short term satisfactions in favor of long term satisfactions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mal12345 View Post
    It's not so much a matter of understanding the wisdom behind it. It's a question of caring about the wisdom behind it. Who cares more about such issues, those with higher IQ or those with lowly IQ? There may be non-carers in both groups. Losing weight involves future expectation of reward with little reward in the short run. Which group tends to plan more for the future? Which group is better able to put off short term satisfactions in favor of long term satisfactions?
    That's a good point, so it's not the what or how to eat they need to know but the WHY.

    Fatness is highly heritable, IQ is supposedly too, I wonder if that means something, potential for IQ and fatness being passed down the same lines I suppose.
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    This doesn't explain the myriad of neckbearded, pot bellied, programmer geniuses living off of pizza and mountain dew in their basements.

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    My stomach is beyond flat, it's actually concave, without sucking it in. 5'11 and 24 inch waist.

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    Interesting. I had my IQ tested few years ago and it was quite bigger than when I had it tested (for entry college exam) this summer. I also put on weight since few years ago.

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    Unless a direct and reliable connection can be drawn between low IQ and obesity, this study just seems like another case were correlation=/=causation.

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    it is a little bit disturbing to me that IQ testing is mandated.
    True that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    I've known some intelligent fat people in my day.
    That's what I think. Many people who know they shouldn't, do.
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    Look, I'm no fan of these types of idiotic wastes of the scientific method (and government funding), but you people do realize that saying "I know lots of smart fatties" or "I bet some fat people are smart" is kind of irrelevant, right? I mean, I'm pretty sure that's accounted for in the study already.

    I know it's hard to find meaning in such meaningless BS studies, but if you're going to try, you should realize that you don't need it to be universal (i.e., "all fatties have lower IQs") in order to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    you people do realize that saying "I know lots of smart fatties" or "I bet some fat people are smart" is kind of irrelevant, right?
    Yes, most of us are fully aware that our own personal experiences are not the end all and be all of scientific research.

    Most of us simply aren't taking this ridiculous "study" with any level of seriousness, and how universally ridiculous any sort of correlation between these two things is.

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