Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Racism linked to weight gain, Boston researchers say

Oh, dear -- some readers already think I made up a character named Ed Sebesta as an all-too-easy target, and now here I am passing on a story that claims white racism causes black fat cells to expand. But it's true -- I swear:

Perceptions of racism -- from being treated with suspicion in a store to unfairness in employment or housing -- can heighten stress levels and affect health, research has shown. A new study from Boston University links these smoldering signs of racism to weight gain in black women, suggesting a possible explanation for the their higher obesity rates compared to white women.

Yvette Cozier, an epidemiologist at the Slone Epidemiology Center at BU, led a survey of more than 43,000 women enrolled in the long-running Black Women's Health Study. Writing in the June issue of Annals of Epidemiology, she and her co-authors describe participants' reports on their weight, body mass index, and perceptions of racism.

I can hear the critics now: This is another "news" story that can't possibly be true. For one thing, everyone knows there's no racism is Bahh-ston. Besides, if this were true, how can we explain the number of overweight whites?

All joking aside, this is clearly another dishonest attempt to utilize "science" to support the ruling ideology. That ideology, conceived as a means to exert ever-expanding power over a gullible and increasingly docile population, says all people are equal, and all perceived inequality is explained by the racism of the white majority. Only the benign power of government can cure these injustices, so any opposition to expanding the government's reach is based on irrational hatred and ignorance.

There can only be one result of politically correct nonsense like this being peddled as science, and we have a pretty good historical example suggesting the consequences. Soviet researcher Trofim Lysenko cooked up a theory of agronomics that seemed to validate Marxist egalitarianism under Stalin. His theory that environment trumps genetics became official dogma, and dissidents often lost jobs, or worse. Lysenkoism set back Soviet agricultural production for decades.

Similarly, the DC empire's policies are determined by its official egalitarian ideology, which is sabotaging the education of millions of young people, as well as flooding our nation with Third-World colonists. It also provides the philosophical underpinning of DC's "affirmative action" home loan fiasco, as well as its aggressive foreign policy, which seeks to liberate the planet. And we all know how those have worked out for us.

By their fruits you shall know them.

12 comments:

rex osborne said...

Whoa! I'm fat and I'm a white man! Does that mean black folks don't like me? What about Mexicans? They always look at me kinda surly. If this diversity business keeps up I'm liable to end up weighing more than a Volkswagen. :-(

Old Rebel said...

rex osborne,

Maybe folks like us could qualify as perpetrators AND victims. That way, we could get special status, and maybe tons of Federal grants.

It could happen.

LostinUtah said...

It never ceaces to amaze me what people attribute to "racism". Most Black women are really aggressive so I would not think that most White women would say anything to them. Any White woman would be taking her safety in her own hands to say something insulting. For pity's sake some Black women get upset if a White woman flips her long hair out of her face!

Brian said...

This study says more about the subjects of the study than it does about racism. But the author of the article didn't pick up on this. The "perception" of racism by the subjects of the study caused the subjects to feel stressed, and common sense tells us that this can lead to depression, which can lead to lethargy and increased eating, which leads to weight gain. It isn't necessary that there actually be racism. So the study really found only that a woman who perceives that others dislike her because of her race tends to feel stress, and this might lead to weight gain. I don't think the the study addressed whether the racism was real or imagined. How could it have done so? Shoddy journalism. What a rarity.

Old Rebel said...

LostinUtah,

That's simple: "racism" is whatever a protected class member says it is.

Old Rebel said...

Brian,

Yep -- shoddy science, shoddy ideology, and shoddy reporting -- all the ingredients for more mutual distrust among the races.

I can just see the race hustlers rubbing their hands in anticipation.

Michael said...

The real villains? Cheetos, diet coke, a comfortable sofa, and Oprah on the tube. How fat butts are born and nourished.

Brian said...

When I was young, I was pretty shy around the girls. And every time I tried to talk to a pretty girl, I got embarrassed, stammered and acted like a fool. My perception was that the pretty girls didn't like me. Therefore, I have concluded that female prettiness is the cause of both stammering and foolish behavior. Nothing could have been wrong with me, so it must have been the fault of someone else. We must, therefore, put all our efforts into abolishing the scourge of neo-prettyism, which so menaces young boys and leaves many of them with self-image issues, which can, by the way, lead to weight gain. I shall soon design a flag appropriate to our cause.

Harold Thomas said...

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.

I guess it's not a logical fallacy if it's politically correct...

Old Rebel said...

Harold Thomas,

Ha! That's the kind of reader comment I live for!

LostinUtah said...

That is what is so scary about the so called hate crimes laws. Not only do they violate the constitution they rely on the perception of the "victim". How many hate crimes are actually a case of "s/he looked at me funny!"

marksc said...

America: The fattest poor people on earth.