Transcript: Cattlemen’s Association Has Beef With Study
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was not happy about the findings of the EPIC study, one of the largest studies on human nutrition ever performed, which as we've seen recently found that those who ate any kind of meat went on to gain significantly more weight than those who ate less—even eating the same number of calories.
One of the beef association’s speakers wrote to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, complaining that “meat intake’s influence on body fatness cannot be assessed without measurement of body fat.” Maybe, the cattlemen argued, the pounds that the meat-eaters packed on was muscle mass, not fat. Maybe they were becoming beefier not fatter.
Fine, the researcher answered, we’ll not just measure obesity, but abdominal obesity, the worst kind. So they took a small sample out of the study, a sample of 91,214 people, and found the exact same thing—even eating the same number of calories, the more meat we eat, the more our belly grows. And could even calculate how much our waistline could be predicted to expand based on our daily meat consumption so one can plan ahead for the new pants they'll need to buy.
Though nothing comes close to the EPIC study in scale, other recent studies have found the same thing. In Spain, nut and vegetable consumption was recently associated with having a slimmer waist; and meat and meat product consumption with a fatter one. Another new study, this one out of Belgium, concluded that animal protein intake associated with a bigger body mass index and waistline; whereas plant protein intake was associated with a smaller BMI and slimmer waist, indicating that the intakes of plant protein could offer a potential protective effect against overweight and obesity.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Kerry Skinner.
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