God save us all from research, #7,017

The Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology has just published a load of old tosh about the effect on their babies of pregnant women who eat a diet high in fried foods.

Epidemiology is the study of how and why infectious diseases spread. So why CREE is looking at this issue in the first place eludes me.

Anyway, this classic bit of reporting from the British Bollocks Corporation:

‘Women and babies from England, Denmark, Greece, Norway and Spain were tested for levels of a potentially toxic chemical found in fried potatoes. It found babies from Bradford, who represented England, had the highest levels and lower birth weights.’

Where to start, eh?

‘babies from Bradford, who represented England’. Are they kidding? Bradford consists of people who can’t speak English (being dialectical Tykes or insular Muslim chavs) let alone represent England.

“And representing England tonight on the Eurovision Birth-weight Contest is Bradford, where 28.7% of the district’s population are from black and minority ethnic communities, and one in three people of working age are out of work.”

Nothing racist here: just empirical stats. Bradford is about as typical of England as Bergerac Cricket Club.

The gist of the Beeb’s piece is that fried food fatties have kids with lower birth weights. This means the babes will have to eat like horses just to catch up with their mums. Alternative headline could therefore be:

‘Boffins say eat chips to end obesity in next generation’

Idle hacks and gobby doctors strike again. They are equally stupid. Ignore them. Join marches to vapourise the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology.

 

16 thoughts on “God save us all from research, #7,017

  1. Dear mr ward, I enjoy your diary. But you are wrong. The definition of epidemiology you use went out of use about 70 years ago.Epidemiology is concerned with the causes and distribution of disease,both infectious and non infectious.Classical example is the study by Hill and Doll on Cancer of the lung and smoking. Do continue with your other exposures! All the best Walter holland Emeritus professor,past President of the International Epidemiological Association.

    Sent from my iPad

  2. E Ecky Thump! Tha’s from t’ Bradford Tha Knows and I speak t’ proper english! Moved away as soon as I could get my first house. My parents still live there and its like driving (what I imagine anyway) through Beirut when I go back to see them.

  3. Acrylamide, causes cancer, well the French with their very high fat diet remarkably have much lower cancer rates than the UK with a lower fat intake.

    Some things are just a wee bit more complex to answer the cause and effect conundrum.

    And certainly very small panel with inappropriate selection criteria Research invariably gets a lot of immediate publicity and inevitable disappears into obscurity in the fullness of time.

    Market Research along with Economic Models seem to have been taken hostage by persons who have no in depth knowledge of Mathematics and Statistics but have great ability in often delusional self promotion.

    • @altergoman

      “Some things are just a wee bit more complex to answer the cause and effect conundrum”.

      Indeed. Starting with the kind of fat, the portion size, the dietary form, the cancer types and most importantly the fact that correlation doesnt equal causation- the problem with epidemiology, as far as diets are concerned.

      As to acrylamide, if the french eat more fat they probably eat less carbohydrates of any form so would be less exposed to acrylamide. Though with their relatively recent passion for frites we shall have to wait and see, cancer doesnt pop up overnight.

  4. ‘babies from Bradford, who represented England’. Are they kidding? Bradford consists of people who can’t speak English (being dialectical Tykes or insular Muslim chavs) let alone represent England.
    “And representing England tonight on the Eurovision Birth-weight Contest is Bradford, where 28.7% of the district’s population are from black and minority ethnic communities, and one in three people of working age are out of work.”

    I suppose they could have pcked the M65 Corridor, Lancashire loads of new Mosques to view, most funded by the Free Thinking Democratic Republic of Saudi Arabia.

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