Any chance the BBC web page editor is a vegetarian with this story being the BBC’s top story (Never mind more possible deaths in NHS hospital):
Sausages, ham, bacon and other processed meats appear to increase the risk of dying young.
Diets high in processed meats were linked to cardiovascular disease, cancer and early deaths.
- Red meat ‘increases health risks’
- Processed meat ‘linked to cancer’
- Vegetarians ‘cut heart risk by 32%’
Oh wait…..there’s a qualifying statement:
It showed people who ate a lot of processed meat were also more likely to smoke, be obese and have other behaviours known to damage health.
oh…qualifying that….just so you don’t get complacent:
‘After adjusting for smoking, obesity and other confounders we think there is a risk of eating processed meat.’
‘We think‘…but we don’t know for sure. We need more grant money for more research.
Any possibility that one trawl over their data and a completely different picture would emerge?
The BBC tells us that ‘One in every 17 people followed in the study died.’..but that includes deaths from all causes including car crashes and murder and falling off ladders.
That misleads because the death rate due to cancer, heart disease or respiratory problems was a ratio of 1 in 27. There were 450,000 people in the study….. 5,556 people died from heart and artery disease, 9,861 from cancer, and 1,068 from respiratory diseases….and of that 1 in 27 how many are due to processed meat?
The study says we can save 3% of deaths if we cut out eating processed meat….which by my calculation is under 500 people of those dying from the associated diseases.
So from out of 450,000 people across Europe 500 died possibly caused or partially caused by processed meat….
There was around a total of 1.28 million deaths from cancer across the EU in 2011….so maybe 1400 deaths could be possibly linked to processed meat by this study….3000 die every year in the UK alone in car crashes.
It seems there is a higher death rate if you go in for surgery:
New research finds that as many as four out of every 100 people undergoing surgery die after the procedure, with wide variations across Europe – a problem that requires more than just extra resources to solve, writes the president of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine….The European Surgical Outcomes study, published in The Lancet,
So stop going in for surgery and live!
No sense of proportion…. the death rate is declining in Europe and people live longer. It just seems that this is scientists seeking the limelight and banging the drum for their own pet area of inquiry and the BBC gives it the highest prominence for some reason.
Not only does the BBC swallow this piece of junk food science whole it doesn’t examine the ingredients too hard….
My suggestion would be that listening to scientists processed by the BBC machine does more damage to your health than eating a bacon sandwich every day….especially as we know that the BBC is more than ready to link land use and livestock farming to climate change.