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The great obesity myth in the Guardian Dr David Ashton argues that it is inappropriate that obese people are psychiatrically assessed before they have gastric banding surgery. He may be right, I don’t know, but the article didn’t point out that he was writing on behalf of his own weight loss company. He is thus bias with an interest in framing obesity as an addiction and anything that gets in the way of his approach (presumably anything psychological or psychosocial) as inappropriate.
And whilst I was looking into obesity, I happened upon a new condition that someone has made up. Orthorexia Nervosa which appears to apply to those people who have an anorexia type disorder and they will only eat healthy food. Sounds to me like you would need a fine pair of scales to distinguish it from common and garden variety anorexia nervosa. But what do I know?
Finally, in a week where there has been speculation about whether there will soon be a test for autism, and whether this will deprive us of the gifted. Anya Ustaszewski writes in the Guardian I don’t want to be cured of autism thanks. This one, as they say, will run and run.
Did anyone else see anything in the newspapers?
Added 21 January 2009
Read about the ‘coffee causes hallucinations’ headlines on Bad science blog