Thursday, July 9, 2009

Statistics and epidemiology

I am posting this so that you will take the next post(s) with a proper understanding of what you can and con not say using statistics.
The following is a very good example of the convoluted way to say something that is absolutely WRONG by using statistic (and epidemiology).

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.

1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

3. Africans drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

4. Italians drink large amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

5. Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than the British or Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

You will be referenced to this page after the next post(s) when appropriate.
Post a Comment