Newsweek carried an article titled “Darwin’s Revenge” in its 7 February, 2005, edition. The article was based on the idea that that excessive weight gain might be linked to migrations that took place some 30,000 years ago.
As a possible main cause of obesity, which is particularly prevalent on the North American continent, genetic traits that might have come down to the present day from people who crossed from Asia to North America via the Bering Strait were examined. It was stated that members of the Pima tribe of Arizona suffer the highest rates of diabetes in the world, and that 95% of diabetes sufferers are overweight.
It was estimated that this attribute might have survived from the cold climate of the ice age, when food was particularly hard to find. Certain genetic traits enhancing survival under ice-age conditions may, according to the theory, have a hereditary effect in present-day Americans, and today work in the exact opposite manner, leading to obesity.
It is obvious that all this represents no support for the theory of evolution at all. Nonetheless, the final paragraph of the article refers to obesity as the product of thousands of years of evolution. This is clearly nothing more than facile word-game. There is not the slightest finding to indicate that these features in the Pima tribe emerged by way of evolution. Since Newsweek has adopted evolution as a dogma it regards both mankind and obesity as having emerged through evolution, and has no qualms about telling imaginary tales in the light of these preconceptions.
Our advice to Newsweek is that it accepts that playing with words contributes nothing to their endeavours to keep Darwinism alive, and that it admits that Darwinism has been invalidated by the scientific facts.
Relevant article: http://www.darwinism-watch.com/time_072004.php2005-02-07 00:00:00