Thursday, January 03, 2013

How overweight am I?

This morning I weighed 222.6 pounds. The New York Times had an Op Ed piece today claiming that people who are regarded as overweight have better mortality statistics than people currently regarded as weighing a correct amount. (I have no idea where this guy is coming from, and I expect to learn a lot from whatever firestorm he stokes. And the writer is a lawyer, not a statistician or a doctor.)

Personally, I had to decide whether I'm the sort of overweight person who can look forward to better mortality statistics, in which case my diet is quite unnecessary. But I don't believe it. I want to set down that ten pound weight I am currently carrying everywhere, at least.

1 comment:

Martin Langeland said...

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