I’m sure you’ve heard this one: “If fat is genetic, how come we’ve been getting fatter?”

Deviously clever.  How could you possibly argue against that logic?


2 Responses to “Height”

  1. vesta44 Says:

    Could it be that it realtes to height? After all, height is genetic, isn’t it, and aren’t we getting taller? After all, I’m only 5′ 8″, but that is considered tall for a woman, and the average height for women, when my mother was younger (in the 40’s), was about 5′ 2″ and she was considered tall at 5′ 7″ (her mother was 5′ 6″). The average heights for men in the US are 5′ 9″ to 5′ 10″ and average heights for women are 5′ 2″ to 5′ 5″. So I think it’s safe (sorta kinda maybe) to assume that since height has been increasing (and that is genetic), that maybe we can say the same for weight.

  2. fatfu Says:

    Well, I think height is a bit complicated to factor in to the epidemiology of fat, but the studies I’ve seen claim they’ve controlled for height more or less, and I’m not going to second-guess them on that.

    My point is simply that the fact that something has changed over time in a population does not imply that it’s not largely genetic. And height is a very glaring example of this.

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