Discovered: The predictable race and political affiliation of "reverse racism" victims; car crashes are more deadly for the morbidly obese; ADHD on the rise in high-income minority communities; plain labeling could cut smoking rates.
'Reverse racism' mostly targets white Republicans. It's really hard being a white Republican, according to all the white Republicans claiming to be victims of "reverse racism." Stanford University researchers studied how people perceive this problem, in which people historically responsible for perpetrating racism supposedly get the tables turned on themselves. They found that the groups most likely to believe that they've been reverse discriminated against are conservative Caucasians and southern Evangelicals. "We talk about whites who claim reverse discrimination a lot, but we don't often study them systematically," says Stanford sociology professor Aliya Saperstein. "The issue of reporting racial discrimination is such a loaded one. So, we were curious about who the white people were who would say out loud to a survey interviewer that they had been treated unfairly because of their race." [Stanford University]
Car crashes are more dangerous for obese people. You might think that thin people lacking in adipose body cushioning would get more seriously hurt in a car crash than hefty drivers—but you'd be wrong. According to a new study published in Emergency Medical Journal, morbidly obese people were 80 percent more likely to die in a car crash compared with those of normal weight. People with a BMI in the "obese" range were still 20 percent more likely to perish in an automobile collision. The researchers pointed to cardiac problems brought on by obesity as a potential factor in this phenomenon. Underweight people were also more likely to die in a collision than those of normal weight—but only if they were men. [Scientific American]