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Obesity/Nutrition Studies Overstate Results

November 8, 2013
by candyandsnacktoday

Cleveland — Nearly 10 percent of nutrition and obesity studies overstate the results of their findings, in turn inappropriately influencing clinicians, decision makers, the media and the public, a report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds.

The study shows the overstated findings made policy recommendations based on observational data that shows associations only, rather than cause and effect, and generalized findings with populations who were not represented in the samples. Unfunded studies were more likely to include such results and those with a greater number of coauthors were less likely to overstate results.

“Overreaching in presenting results in studies focused on nutrition and obesity topics is common in articles published in leading journals,” researchers concluded, noting the presence of such studies has grown incrementally since 2001.

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