Update: Dean's text is fine, but there seems to be a problem with the image on his website, so I'm linking to Seth's copy of the graph instead. Click on the image for the [big] version, and on Dean's link for the details.Americans grow to fit their environment. We may also note the possibility that larger houses have larger refrigerators.
So all we have to do to reverse the obesity trend is to put people into smaller houses??
But before we implement such a drastic solution, we need to understand the system better. Who really benefits from houses being larger? Who really benefits from people being overweight? Who will support obese people in their valiant struggle against better health?
Update: Some other interpretations of the data are offered in Scribe's comments to this blog posting, as well as several comments to Dean's original post. I think this just reinforces my point - that we have to understand the system better before leaping in with ideas for system improvement.
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