Posts Tagged ‘eat’


Eat Red Meat and Die ….. NOT NOW! ….. Maybe, sometime.

June 19, 2019

Here we go again.

“Eating even the moderate amounts of red and processed meat sanctioned by government guidelines increases the likelihood of developing bowel cancer” according to the above article in The Guardian, UK.

The sample size was 500,000. That’s good. It is a self-selecting sample. That’s not good. They could all be health fanatics. But here is the kicker:

“The researchers found those who ate the most and least red and processed meat tended to exaggerate their consumption or lack thereof.”

That’s a shock. People lie or exaggerate. Even the researchers then suggest – despite the screaming headline – that you don’t change your diet.

Although, looking at the plate above … I would!

Real Men Eat Red Meat and Die … Sometime!

Eat Meat and die??????

According to this headline in THE AUSTRALIAN 25th, March 2009   meat eaters are at risk of dying of cancer. The study published in  Archives of Internal Medicine involved half a million people over 10 years. So far so good. That is a good sample size. The sample consisted of people aged 50 to 71 years at baseline or, obviously, after 10 years 60 to 81years!!!!  So some deaths would be expected. Nevertheless, the article states: 

“Men whose red meat intake put them in the top 20 percent consumption band were 22 percent more likely to die of cancer in the 10 years of the study, compared to men whose intake was in the lowest 20 percent. For women, there was a 20 percent increase in risk.”

Here is the problem. Firstly and I quote from the original study: “Meat intake was estimated from a food frequency questionnaire administered at baseline.’ So they asked people once what their eating habits were then assumed they continued for the next 10 YEARS??? How likely are your eating habits to change in 10 years???

Secondly, and this was mentioned in the article without explaining the maths, big meat eaters tend also to be big drinkers, smokers, obese and the rest. This study has tried to separate out meat eating from other unhealthy lifestyle choices using the Cox Regression. Mathematical wizardry has produced these numbers but they don’t mean much. 

If the study used a control group of drinking, smoking, obese vegans then compared mortality rates over 10 years that would be interesting. But where do you find half a million of them???????? 

Finally,  the study  concluded ‘Red and processed meat intakes were associated with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality, and cardiovascular disease mortality.’ Not the stuff of headlines at all!!!!!!!


How to pig out and save the planet

January 2, 2015

Aussie physicist and TV present – that does sound like an oxymoron – Reuben Meerman (A meer man after all. Old joke) had an article published in the BJM (British Medical Journal) with Andrew Brown describing where fat goes when you lose it.

When you burn fat which is a triglyceride or a three-pronged hydrocarbon the formula is:

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You breath out the FAT as CO2 and H2O.


Oxidizing 10 kilos of human fat requires inhaling 29 kilos of oxygen to produce 28 kilos of carbon dioxide and 11 kilos of water. You can check out how much carbon dioxide you add to the atmosphere when you diet in the following graph:

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Mathspig Kilo carbon dioxide released per kg FAT

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When you lose weight you add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, but when you gain weight you take carbon dioxide out of the air. Your carbon footprint from Time for Change blog (See table below) can be neutralised if you put on the following weight:

Mathpig Carbon Footprint by pig out


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We can Pig Out and Save the Planet:

Pig Out Australia 2


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Pig Out UK 2


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Pig Out USA


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