Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Apparently Women Don't Know Anything About Dieting

I listen to news radio in the morning. Traffic, weather, you know. So from time to time I hear some outrageously stupid reporting.

Like this story on younger women dying of heart disease.

Heart experts aren't sure what went wrong, but they think increasing rates of obesity and other risk factors are to blame.

The doctor interviewed on the radio suggested that perhaps women weren't as aware of the risks, and weren't paying as much attention to their diets.

Women. Weren't paying as much attention. To their diets.


Raise your hand if you think that could possibly be true. Anyone? Bueller?

Women pay constant attention to their diet. It's unusual and remarkable for a woman not to pay attention to her diet.

Waaaaaay at the bottom of the article, there's one smart statement:

The fact the male rate didn't worsen may indicate doctors are more likely to suspect heart disease in men that age than in women, said the CDC's Dr. Earl Ford, a study co-author.

Ya think? Ya think that maybe the fact that most women don't even know that heart attack symptoms are different for women than for men. Because we aren't educated. Because male symptoms are "person" symptoms. Because men are the default person. You know.

Or, it might be that too much dieting is causing the problem. There are cardiovascular risks to yo-yo dieting. Or it might be, um...anything other than women aren't paying enough attention to their diets. Because really, that's the stupidest thing I will hear today.

(cross-posted with a side of bacon)