Fish ‘n chips all round

Further evidence that there is nothing so dim as a medical researcher. The British Medical Journal has just published Association of fried food consumption with all cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality: prospective cohort study by seven professors.

Their study looked at 106,966 postmenopausal women aged 50-79 who signed up between September 1993 and 1998 in the Women’s Health Initiative in the US; they were followed until February 2017. They were traced according to “all cause mortality, cardiovascular mortality, and cancer mortality”. So that’s a cause of death including everything from a car crash to being pushed off a cliff.

31,558 of them died and the study found that “frequent consumption of fried foods, especially fried chicken and fried fish/shellfish, was associated with a higher risk of all cause and cardiovascular mortality in women in the US.”

This kind of statistical correlation is desperate stuff as the authors almost concede in remarks such as this: “frying makes food crunchy and more appetizing, which can lead to excess intake.” Well blow me down.

This kind of ‘study’ is jumped on with alacrity by hacks looking for an easy and sexy story – to no-one’s surprise this one has inspired Time to report that “Fried Food May Be Killing You”. Or it may not be, and perhaps a truck/bullet/bicycle/Satan has your number.