Facial features may predict obesity

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  • Mike
    March 31, 2009 3:25 p.m.

    Unfortunately, many of the individuals making comments do not seem to understand the importance of these types of studies. The obvious becomes obvious only after careful and precise statistical analysis. Who would have known the true magnitude of the extent to which early life appearances were operating in later life? Questioning the importance of this research is similar to the questions raised about the effects of cigarette smoking. It was only after careful and precise statistical analysis that we came to understand the costs of smoking that allowed government to post warnings and individuals to know the risks they were taking by smoking. This research is part of a body of accumulating studies that help us better understand the effect of weight. Results may help school councilors, parents others in advising young people - by giving them more concrete evidence to point towards. Who would have known that individuals with specified characteristics were 4 times as likely to die from heart disease, say instead of two times or some other times. Obvious, I think not.

  • Fasinating
    March 31, 2009 9:21 a.m.

    Another study to tell us what we already know. Eat less, exercise more. Duh!

  • This is to: Re Funk
    March 31, 2009 8:44 a.m.


  • re Funk
    March 30, 2009 4:07 p.m.

    What a terrible thing to say! I am so glad I was not born in Utah or have the pitfull existence to live there I am so over reading this paper I am out! No more DN!

  • Just Me
    March 30, 2009 3:45 p.m.

    NEW STUDY: People who look stupid score lower on achievement tests!

  • Paul
    March 30, 2009 2:12 p.m.

    NEW STUDY: People who frequently eat pizza and cheeseburgers and sit on their rears in front of the tube tend to be fat.

    This study is absolutely stupid.....

  • Kit
    March 30, 2009 1:19 p.m.

    Anything like this that can get the message to people that what you are when you're young predicats alot about your future. Alot of research is obvious but it's still nice for kids to get a reminder that they need to do something now.

  • FunkNWagnall
    March 30, 2009 12:31 p.m.

    My colleagues and I just opened the Provo FRC (fat research center) and we have more test subjects than we'll ever need. Lines out the door... ....leave us be, fatties!

  • Wow
    March 30, 2009 11:05 a.m.

    Why all the anger? Just because none of you are scientists doesn't justify these kinds of ignorant comments. Get over yourselves, why is Utah so full of simple, angry people? Man, freaking out on a scientific study... You people are nuts.

  • stupefied
    March 30, 2009 10:31 a.m.

    I'm on-board with all the other comments that condemn this waste of funds for something that is glaringly obvious. Did these "researchers" follow the lives of any of the thin-faced,anorexic students?

  • ENR
    March 30, 2009 10:17 a.m.

    I would encourage you to read the article before you pass judgment. Mr. Thalman wrote a very nice piece, but he neglected to mention the purpose of the study (which cost the WLS a grand total of $1,000), which was to validate a baseline measure of body mass for a study that did not have one previously. This will open up a host of new research questions for one of the most important longitudinal studies in the social sciences.

    If you would like a .pdf of the paper, I'm happy to send one along. You can find my e-mail at the USU website.


  • rod
    March 30, 2009 10:06 a.m.

    this is unbelievable. if you have a fat face, try exercise

  • Seriously????
    March 30, 2009 9:52 a.m.

    "...those classified as overweight as high school seniors were three times as likely to be obese when interviewed in their early 50s..."

    YA THINK????

  • Other features
    March 30, 2009 9:41 a.m.

    Other features that predict obesity:

    1. Take a look at her mom. If her mom is obese, she will likely be obese in the future.

    2. Look at her ankles. If she has fat ankles (or "cankles" as we used to call them at BYU), she will likely be obese in the future.

    You don't need an expensive study to predict future obesity - just spend some time at BYU.

  • geedub
    March 30, 2009 9:35 a.m.

    So, let me get this straight...if you're an overweight kid you'll probably be an overweight adult. Facinating. And overweight adults tend to be less healthy and have heart and diabetes problems? That is amazing! I love scientists, they tell so much. How much NSF money did this cost us?

  • John Charity Spring
    March 30, 2009 8:41 a.m.

    This is ridiculous. This study is complete junk science that is embarrassing to the whole academic field. Of course someone who is overweight in high school stands a great chance of being overweight as an adult--it doesn't take a study to know that. This is a sorry symptom of modern education's emphasis on political correctness and blaming problems on things beyond our control. There was a time in this Country when professors would not waste their time on such frivolous studies.

  • Anonymous
    March 30, 2009 5:48 a.m.

    If you have a fat face, then you might be fat and then you might be prone to type 2 diabetes. This is the dumbest study ever.