This week in Silly Science:
Three new studies spearheaded by University of Buffalo Assistant Professor Lora Park provide the “first known evidence that some people anxiously expect that they will be rejected by others because of their physical appearance,” according to a January 27 article in Science Daily. But wait that’s not all: Park’s research also suggests that people who deem themselves unattractive are “preoccupied with their body and weight in unhealthy ways.”
Next Park will launch a study designed to determine the perfect ratio of richness to thinness.
*And a researcher from Sweden’s Linkoping University has determined that when it comes to McDonald’s “individual results may vary.” “Bothered by the unscientific nature” of the 2004 film Super Size Me, Dr. Fredrik Nystrom spent the past year subjecting 18 volunteers to the same gag-inducing diet Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock followed in his movie. To his great surprise, Nystrom discovered that eating mass quantities of junk food affected each participant differently. While one volunteer gained 15 percent body weight after following the high-choleric diet for a month, several others experienced only minimal weight gain. Nystrom was thus forced to conclude that “some people are just more susceptible to obesity than others.”
I have two words for you, Dr. Nystrom: No duh.