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Re: Q12 - The higher the average fat

by AleroE381 Wed May 16, 2018 7:01 pm

Hi, first time poster here! I chose A thinking that it's not the fat content that differentiates cancer it;s the type of food. Isn't that the same 3rd variable reasoning that makes D correct?
 
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Re: Q12 - The higher the average...

by allenkw90 Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:14 am

anniekim89 wrote:For C, could I have argued that we're looking for the relation between fat intake and the risk of getting cancer, and don't really care about the fact that cancer is a prominent cause of death? Since even if cancer is a prominent cause of death, it doesn't say anything about the risk of actually getting cancer.

Please let me know if I have that right or wrong. Thank you in advance!



Could anyone answer this question please?

I was stuck between C and D, and I eliminated C because I thought death is an irrelevant issue here.

All I care about is whether or not higher fat intake increases the likelihood of cancer.

I don't care whether cancer causes death or not, let whether it's a prominent cause of death (and besides, there are people WHO SUFFER FROM CANCER BUT NOT ALL OF THEM DIE, fortunatlely- and this is my exact reasoning for eliminating C).

Am I correct in assuming this?
 
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Re: Q12 - The higher the average fat

by AbhishekM843 Sun Nov 04, 2018 6:57 pm

AleroE381 wrote:the fat content that differentiates cancer it;s the type of food. Isn't that the same 3rd variable reasoning that makes D correct?


D suggests a strong confounding variable. All the countries with high fat diets have high pollution.

A on the other hand, just explains why there is a difference in fat consumption among the countries. It doesn't really provide a confounding variable. Suppose if A added that, the different traditional diets made it so the low fat diet countries had a higher antioxidant intake than the high fat diet countries. Then, that would make A a strong contender. As it stands, it only explains why the different diets exist, it doesn't provide a means to weaken the argument.