Hey guys -- working on a little project. Was wondering what you think are the most interesting or mind-boggling statistics out there that are relevant to Paleo?
Stuff that makes people say "Wow! Really?"
Hit me with 'em. Please include link to source if possible. Thanks.
In paleo times, 42% of all statistics were just made up. Neolithic man has evolved to the point that only 39% of statistics are made up
"Up to 90 percent of published medical information directly relied on by doctors to determine treatment is misleading, exaggerated, or quite often flat out wrong."
Dr. John Ionnidis, PLoS Med 2005
What paleo weakness are.
Aerobic exercise plus paleo= high cortisol
Big lack of water soluble vitamins
Food substrates are so bad supplementation is needed
Leptin resistance needs treatment before using IF
The paleo flu is caused by transient reduction of serotonin in small bowel with fuel change
From another thread:
•that almost 69% have switched to Paleo in the last 2 years and nearly 80% in the last 3 years. That's a HUGE growth curve
•that a full 25% of Paleo people do not believe that it is sustainable to feed a large scale population.
•56% of people claim to eat less than 50 carbs per day. I did not think that many Paleo eaters were on that low of carbs.
Maybe not surprising, but very interesting at least:
•that blogs are dominating how people both a) are being connected with Paleo and B) like to learn about Paleo once connected.
In fact, using familygrok's survey thread could be a really good resource for you Patrik.
Also, does anyone know the percentage of grass fed beef consumption from the people who are Paleo? I bet we dominate that market. Like the old rule of 80/20 or something. 20% of the people buy 80% of it. I really doubt it's that high but anyway something like that.
Also also in addition to that too as well... I think some of the more suprising statistics could be regarding the following:
average bodyfat % of people who have been Paleo for at least 3 months (or whatever)
activity level of Paleo eater versus SAD eater
reported sicknesses (doctor visit's maybe?) of Paleo vs SAD
sex drive P vs S - perhaps coupled with sex frequency
confidence factor (subjective of course, but most statistics are anyway)
self proclaimed 'happiness in life' factor
age progression of Paleo vs SAD eater. Do Paleos appear younger at same age?
do we consume the lion's share of the pasture butter supply? (even though technically butter 'isn't Paleo', which is quite the anomaly at this point)
do we consume the lion's share of the coconut oil supply?
Sorry for not providing the actual statistics on these. I suppose my comments here could at least help in some way though, via suggestion, which could lead you down the right track.
Without having to pull out a source (Or perhaps... PaleoHacks itself can be used as a source here!), I would have to say that honestly the most mindboggling thing to me is the fact that this diet makes sense, and there are people out there who prove it. Not to say, of course, that other diets don't technically "work", but in my experience I have seen many friends, co-workers and classmates struggle to find a balance between diet, exercise and everyday life just to reach their goal weights. On the other hand, that isn't to say that it's effortless, but it seems much easier and much more enjoyable when trying to wrap everything together on this diet.
It would be nice to have the specific stats on how much of the population has no issues with wheat/gluten (probably less than 5%?) I couldn't find it anywhere though. Wikipedia says that celiac "the condition is thought to affect between 1 in 1,750 and 1 in 105 people in the United States" but we know that eliminating the gluten/gliadin/WGA will help almost all people.
Some Paleolithic men could run as fast as 37 miles per hour.
Usain Bolt has ran at 42 miles per hour.
Some people believe that given modern day training facilities and training, Paleolithic man would have easily outdone Bolt.
It has been said that it is impossible to run under 9.52 seconds for a man. Bolt whose best time is 9.58 vows to beat it.
The fact may not be true of course, but its frightening to think just how fast Paleolithic man could have run!
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