Statistics

Women Are Fat Not Because Donuts But Because “Discrimination”, Wee P-values Confirm

An irreconcilable conflict sets itself up in the minds of academic Experts who deny that race exists while tracking every imaginable metric by race, which they say doesn’t exist, and then announcing “disparities” in these measures by race, which they say doesn’t exist. The “disparities” are almost always said to be caused by “racism”, which is the differential treatment of different (favored) races.

If it is true that race does not exist, then it it not possible—it is impossible—to track metrics by race, or to discover “disparities” by race in these metrics. It is also not possible—it is impossible—to be a “racist”, for there are no peoples of different races to treat differently.

Yet there is a positive cataract of academic papers from authors who hold simultaneously the notions that race does not exist and that there is nothing more worth measuring than differences between races.

It is as if there were several hundred learned academic journals devoted to research on the differences in measures and their causes between Leprechauns and unicorns.

The latest example is the peer-reviewed paper “Discrimination exposure impacts unhealthy processing of food cues: crosstalk between the brain and gut” by Xiaobei Zhang and a host of others in Nature Mental Health.

The article opens, “Racial disparities in obesity persist in America, with minority subgroups experiencing disproportionally higher rates of obesity and obesity-related morbidities.”

There being no such thing as race, the only possible explanation for “disproportionally higher rates of obesity” must be “discrimination”, and not different metabolisms and behaviors of the different races, which don’t exist.

They asked 107 people, 87 of which were females, a bunch of questions. Amusingly, and even cancelable if it appeared in isolation, the “enrolled women were scanned during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle”. That time of the month when Aunt Flo visited was considered important to participants’ mental state, which everywhere else is denied. Our authors are also fatphobic: “Participants whose weight exceeded 181 kg (400 pounds) were excluded due to weight constraints of the MRI scanner.”

Anyway, then came the attempts to quantify the unquantifiable, a common scientific pursuit. They had the women fill out the “Everyday Discrimination Scale”, which is “validated and widely used” and which “captures chronic experiences of unfair treatment in various domains of life”.

One question is “People act as if they think you are not smart.” The question authors appear to be suggesting that being non-smart is not a possibility. Another: “People act as if they’re better than you are.” What happens when people are better than you because you’re a bad person?

Never mind. Numerical scores were given to these questions. The end is some kind of “measure” of “discrimination.” This makes it science. Yet were the women really discriminated against, or were they only saying so? Keep this in mind.

They next hooked participants up to a magnetic phrenology device. Because I love you, my dear readers, I warn you now to put down all sharp objects, and to not attempt to drink while reading further.

While hooked to the device, they showed the women pictures of chocolate cake and salads. And then watched their brains light up.

The “discovery”:

When using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to compare responses to unhealthy sweet foods and nonfoods, the group of individuals exposed to discrimination (high discrimination group) had greater food-cue reactivity towards unhealthy sweet foods than the low discrimination group in the insula, inferior frontal gyrus, lateral orbitofrontal cortex and frontal operculum cortex.

The good-old frontal operculum cortex, eh. Backed up by wee p-values. Of course.

If you have a black sense of humor, as Yours Truly does, you have to find the whole thing hilarious. All these fancy tools and sophisticated algorithms and not one of these researchers hit upon the idea that women who reported “discrimination” were more likely to be fat-asses not because of “discrimination” but because of their own miserable selves.

And how is it our academics did not know that miserable people often eat more crap than happy people?

They did know. But it was never documented by algorithmic machines before. That which is not documented by science, even though it was known since forever by all people, is not science.

Oh, before we wrap this up, I forgot to tell you, and I promise this is true, they also collected the ladies’ poop and pored over it.

Their conclusion is that they, the academics and their fancy machines, are needed:

…brain-targeted treatments (for example, brain stimulation) that could dampen an overactive food-reward system or enhance frontal control could potentially be used as a neuromodulatory tool to normalize altered brain circuits associated with discrimination exposure.

A neuromodulatory tool, eh.

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  1. This study is impossible and must be canceled, because ¡Science! has declared there are no such things as women, and it is likewise impossible to tell men from women, although women are massively discriminated against victims of the patriarchy (whatever that is) and need ever more protections and accommodations, as this completely valid and valuable study shows.

  2. Racial disparities? Well, if the food culture of one group is made up largely of fried foods and carbohydrates, and that of another group is predominantly fish and vegetables, the former group is probably going to be, in general, fatter.

    People acting like you’re not smart, or like they’re better than you? I know of plenty of dumb, low-class people who are skinny as rails. They’re among my best friends. Being condescended to hasn’t driven them to binging on Twinkies.

    Do I have a black sense of humor? Well, when I was a kid I had all the Bill Cosby albums, and I watched “Sanford and Son”. That should count.

  3. Expect a steady stream of the MSM pseudoscience diet plan to further
    degrade what little is left of Western intellect. It’s a very long drawn out
    process of demoralization percolating in the paleomammalian cortex.

  4. Given the problems in the world today, this study might come across as an inconsequential bit of fluff, albeit perhaps an interesting case study in the SJW view of the world. But is there more to learn here?

    The study authors are guiding us toward the causal chain: discrimination -> demoralization -> donuts -> obesity. But if a causal chain actually exists, couldn’t it also be: donuts -> obesity -> discrimination -> demoralization? If the study authors are young, they probably interact mostly with other young people, a significant percentage of whom, these days, are obese; presumably there is a much higher acceptance of obesity among the young. People my age (i.e, ancient) grew up in a society with a much stronger prejudice against obesity. I retain much of that prejudice; my first reaction to an obese obese person is still quite negative, and it takes a concerted effort on my part to put aside the strong preconception of poor character and incompetence, among other unflattering impulse assessments.

    Why would the order of the causal chain matter? If discrimination is a significant cause of obesity, one might try to reduce obesity by reducing discrimination. On the other hand, if donuts are the cause of obesity, discrimination might act to reduce obesity by reducing societal acceptance. If the latter is closer to reality, reducing discrimination might actually increase obesity. So we have here the ingredients for a classic case of unintended consequences.

    It’s becoming clearer to me with every passing year that the world liberals want to create is dominated by unintended consequences, and their complete blindness to predictable consequences, invariably manifested as “we didn’t go far enough”. Definitely not the people you want in charge of anything of any importance, be it your company or your country.

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