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Cutting off our noses in service of our waistlines

HI everyone– it’s reblog refreshment reading for you all. CW: this post talks about some dietary methods that are absurd and bad, some of which have been (and are maybe still) used. But it mocks them all. And most of them are JUST IN MICE! If you’re in the mood for that, take another look at this post of mine from 2017. -catherine

FIT IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

As long as there is a wave of fat phobia and moral panic over body weight out there in the science journalism world, we will never be at a loss for something to write about here at Fit is a Feminist Issue.

Here’s the latest headline:

News headline: Just smelling food can make you fat, UC Berkeley study says News headline: Just smelling food can make you fat, UC Berkeley study says

Is this true?

Graphic saying NO, of course not!

So what’s the deal here?  Well…

Graphic saying "It's complicated".

The news article (found here) summarizes the study below:

…a sense of smell can influence the brain’s decision to burn fat or store it in the body — or a least the bodies of mice.

Researchers Andrew Dillin and Celine Riera studied three groups of mice — normal mice, “super-smellers” and ones without a sense of smell — and saw a direct correlation between their ability to smell and how much weight they gained from a high-fat, “Burger King diet,” Dillin said.

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