Jumping to conclusions

A recent report from a Seattle research group proclaims, “Vitamin Supplements May Slow Middle-Age Weight Gain”.

FRIDAY, Sept. 10 (HealthDayNews) — Four common supplements — chromium, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and multivitamins — may help slow weight gain in middle-age adults, claims a study by researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Researchers reviewed questionnaire responses from about 15,000 people, average age 55, in Washington state. They provided information about their vitamin, mineral and herbal supplement use over the previous 10 years, along with details about diet, physical activity and medical history.

The researchers focused on 14 supplements. The study concluded that the people who had taken multivitamins, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and chromium had less weight gain over the previous 10 years than other respondents. That slowed weight gain was most evident among people who’d been categorized as overweight or obese at the start of the 10-year period.

What? You mean it was that easy all along?

Or is this a case of jumping to a conclusion based on an overly simplistic interpretation of the data?

It could be that what the study really tells us is that when people become more conscious of the nutritional value of what they put in their bodies, they also tend to lose weight and generally to adopt healthier lifestyles.

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