Bad BBC News Stats Again

People who hang out with basketball players tend to be taller than average. So if you want to be taller, then you should befriend some basketball players.

That’s clearly false logic. But BBC News ran an article that made a similar claim today. Their claim: ‘Keep slim friends’ to stay trim.

To be fair, halfway down the article, BBC News does include this paragraph:

The study authors from the University of Hawaii say they cannot tell from their work whether overweight teens influence their friends to become overweight or whether obese adolescents simply choose to flock together.