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Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 5, Insightful) 275

I've seen no evidence that China is incapable of producing high-quality stuff. Thing is, US companies going to China for manufacturing aren't deciding to go to China because the US can't build stuff that's high quality enough -- they're going there to save money. So they go to China and ask for the cheapest something can be manufactured and they get ... the cheapest manufactured stuff. If those companies -- really, the people who own the quality of the products they're selling -- didn't like the quality of the product, they'd either negotiate better quality (and higher price) with their Chinese manufacturers or they'd move their manufacturing to someone who can do a better job. They don't. Why? Because that's exactly how they like it.

Comment Re:The study was on obese people. (Score 1) 184

Studies still show lower quality of life in old age for people who are overweight (or more specifically, obese - not just morbidly so, but regular old obesity) in middle age. Overweight people fared "just fine" in limited studies of overall longevity, which are heavily complicated by conflation with the chronic underweight status typical of people with severe long-term or terminal illness.

The overweight people were better off in aggregate than, say, the skinny people dying of cancer or suffering through chemotherapy, but not better off than people who were a healthy weight and didn't have a complication like cancer.

So YMMV. The evidence overall says that while being overweight is not something to panic about or damage yourself trying to undo, and while you can live a mostly healthy life even if you're overweight, it's basically objectively better, in a vacuum, to NOT be overweight.

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