[FoRK] [3%] Only 3% of Americans lead a 'healthy' lifestyle

Justin Mason jm at jmason.org
Thu Jun 9 11:20:19 PDT 2005


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Luis Villa writes:
> On 6/9/05, Justin Mason <jm at jmason.org> wrote:
> It is surprising to me that medical studies apparently frequently
> mistake causation and correlation- that's something that I've come to
> take for granted in the social sciences, but I would expect medicine
> to be different.

True, that's not good.

BTW http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obesity#Complications is quite helpful
about this -- 

  Most confidence in a direct cause is given to the mechanical
  complications in the following list, compiled by the American Medical
  Association for general physicians:

    - Cardiovascular: congestive heart failure, enlarged heart and its
      associated arrhythmia and dizziness, cor pulmonale, varicose veins
      and pulmonary embolism
    - Endocrine: polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), menstrual disorders
      and infertility
    - Gastrointestinal: gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), fatty
      liver disease, cholelithiasis (gallstones), hernia and colorectal
      cancer
    - Renal and genitourinary: urinary incontinence, glomerulopathy,
      hypogonadism (male), breast cancer (female), uterine cancer
      (female), stillbirth
    - Integument (skin and appendages): stretch marks, acanthosis
      nigricans, lymphedema, cellulitis, carbuncles, intertrigo
    - Musculoskeletal: hyperuricemia (which predisposes to gout),
      immobility, osteoarthritis, low back pain
    - Neurologic: stroke, meralgia paresthetica, headache, carpal tunnel
      syndrome, dementia[8]
    - Respiratory: dyspnea, obstructive sleep apnea, hypoventilation
      syndrome, Pickwickian syndrome, asthma
    - Psychological: Depression, low self esteem, body image disorder,
      social stigmatization

- --j.
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