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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Idiots Argue Modern Ballplayers Are Fat In Stupid USA Today Op-Ed

The op-ed makes two main points. The first is that in the last 25 years there has been a drastic change in the body composition of baseball players—70 percent of today’s players are overweight and 10 percent are obese, according to the authors—and the second is that, for the sake of both their own health and that of the greater public to which they are role models, baseball players have a duty to lose weight.

The first point is scientific hogwash; the second is disingenuous concern-trolling.

The authors gathered highly inaccurate self-reported height and weight data for baseball players going back to 1871, and used that to calculate players’ body mass index (BMI). Based solely on this data, “players debuting in the current decade were significantly more likely to be overweight or obese than at any time in history.”

This finding is only true inasmuch as it is backwards.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2016 at 04:07 PM | 11 comment(s)
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