BBC Scotland: ‘All morbidly obese people are by definition obese’ so we can do what we like to scare and titillate you

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by Prof. John Robertson  |  Talking-Up Scotland  |  18 Dec 2018  |  Image :  Pixabay



My complaint on 28th November can be reduced to one main point:

‘Talking about and only using statistics about general obesity affecting c 20% of the Scottish population while visually illustrating continually and only with those who suffer from morbid obesity (c 5%) makes a connection between the two which implies that there is a greater problem with obesity than there is and thus misleads the audience. In essence, their answer is that they can use these images with those statistics as they please because ‘All morbidly obese people are by definition obese.’

It’s a stunning claim.

… Their response today:

…. I do not agree that the programme “lingered morbidly, titillating the viewer”.

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