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  • September 10, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Hooray! Thanks for giving us a heads-up on this hopeful strand of research!

    I clicked through several of the links you included, and would like to point out something (only peripherally related) that many may not know. One of the studies claims the following: “the evidence linking social relationships to health and mortality is as strong as that linking cigarette smoking, blood pressure, and obesity to health” [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3149975/]. Thing is, there’s a grain of salt we ought to be taking that sentence with.

    Linda Bacon is the author of a book (and founder of a much-needed movement) called “Health At Every Size.” In it, she does a lot of what you do, Bella–looking at what research studies ACTUALLY say–to reveal that the supposed links between weight and health are not at all what we have been led to believe they are. It is true that carrying extra weight puts added strain on load-bearing joints, for instance, but it is NOT true that it causes hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, or earlier death. (And if you think about it, there are an awful lot of industries that stand to profit from the masses continuing to believe that weight = unhealthy.)

    All in all, you might say we have the same kinds of uninvestigated, backwards beliefs about a lot of things. So if that “evidence linking obesity and health” is undercut when you look carefully at it, not to mention all the supposed evidence linking marriage and health, I personally have to wonder a bit about the evidence linking social support and health, too…

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