It’s hard to study humans,
They live so very long.
Can’t complete before you’re gone.
They fib on every survey form,
Eat more than they say,
Exercise much less than claimed,
And forget along the way.
Confounding factors multiply
Throughout the lives they lead.
Their choices vary wildly,
Statistics can’t succeed.
They’ll never match a rat for tests,
But if you lure them
to your lab,
You’re not allowed to lock the door,
It’s enough to drive you mad.
By Kate Rauner
Brought to mind by a Forbes article suggesting an ounce or two of cheese a day, even full-fat cheese, may not be bad for you and could even be beneficial. The new study was published in the European Journal of Nutrition. Researchers used data from 15 earlier studies that followed their participants for 10 years. I’ve often seen articles contradict each other over nutritional and exercise claims. Part of that is, the popular media tends to make too much of a fuss over each new study because no one clicks on “maybe,” “suggests,” “slight change,” or “never mind” in the headline. But part of the problem is, it’s hard to study humans in the wild.