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Old 12-25-2008, 10:56 AM   #3
Ben Fury
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they didn't study gen pop. they studied doctors.
Looks like they polled a fairly typical bunch of middle aged office workers to me. Might be a little Caucasian skewed. Might be a little upper income skewed. That might weaken the population-wide applicability a bit perhaps.
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they didn't study bodyfat..they used BMI only
BMI works pretty well on non-athletes. I would prefer bodyfat if I could get it of course.
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it was all self reported from annual questionaires.
Wouldn't have been an economically feasible study any other way. CHF is a major diagnosis, I don't think anybody is lying about developing it.
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I think Reuters is imparting a bit of topspin..
I wouldn't know. I skipped the article and went straight for the Abstract of the paper:
Body Mass Index and Vigorous Physical Activity and the Risk of Heart Failure Among Men

The data show a very obvious trend. The fatter you are, the more likely you are to get congestive heart failure (CHF). Exercise mitigates some of the risk but leanness trumps activity at each and every level.

Pretty clear take home message:
1. Get and stay lean.
2. For added protection, get fit too.
3. Don't kid ourselves if we're fat and active. Our risk factors are still WAY elevated. The chub MUST go or we're upping our risk of creating widows and orphans!!!
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