Thursday, May 1, 2008

Crash diets 'may reduce lifespan'

This one just bemused me, mainly due to the photo of the fish. I kept on thinking "I've never seen an obese fish!"

Scottish scientists have found that binge eating and crash dieting may significantly reduce life expectancy.

Researchers from Glasgow University observed that fish given a "binge then diet" food regime had a reduced lifespan of up to 25%.

Their study compared the growth rate, success of reproduction and lifespan of stickleback fish.

They believe the findings could have implications for teenagers and children who follow extreme patterns of dieting.

I'm really puzzled the way the researchers extrapolate from sticklebacks to humans.

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