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#22 - Doctor: Being overweight has long been linked with a

Applesaid
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Hello!

Another flawed reasoning question.

I reasoned like: because recent study shows that slightly overweight may bring healthy to people than considerably underweight, it is adequate to be slightly overweight if one wants to be healthy.

And I guess D is correct because it takes that if one replaces considerably underweight with slightly overweight (thus lacks the property), then one will be healthy, which is pretty much the reduction of the stimulus. But why not C?
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Applesaid wrote:Hello!

Another flawed reasoning question.

I reasoned like: because recent study shows that slightly overweight may bring healthy to people than considerably underweight, it is adequate to be slightly overweight if one wants to be healthy.

And I guess D is correct because it takes that if one replaces considerably underweight with slightly overweight (thus lacks the property), then one will be healthy, which is pretty much the reduction of the stimulus. But why not C?


Hello Applesaid,

Actually, E is correct.
D is incorrect because the stimulus doesn't exactly say that if you aren't seriously underweight, you're healthy. What the stim says is that slightly-overweights are **healthier** than super-skinny people. "Healthier" is comparative, not absolute. So E is correct, about relative vs. absolute.
Answer choice C, about variance of weight among people, is not something that absolutely needs to be taken into account in the argument.

Hope this helps,
David
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Given this question: LSAT #53, Section #1, Question #22...and having narrowed the list of candidate answer choices down to 'D' and 'E', how would I distinguish which one is the correct answer choice and why?
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SLF wrote:Given this question: LSAT #53, Section #1, Question #22...and having narrowed the list of candidate answer choices down to 'D' and 'E', how would I distinguish which one is the correct answer choice and why?


Hello,

D is incorrect because the stimulus doesn't exactly say that if you aren't seriously underweight, you're healthy. What the stim says is that slightly-overweights are **healthier** than super-skinny people. "Healthier" is comparative, not absolute. So E is correct, about relative vs. absolute.

David
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Hello,

Just want to be clear about why D is incorrect. For D to be to be the right answer, the stimulus would have had to articulate that anyone who is not considerably underweight is healthy? Is this correct?

V/r,

Micah
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Hi Micah,

That's definitely one way of looking at it. You might also think about it as sort of not fitting the argument, which isn't talking about a characteristic or lack thereof, but rather points along a continuum (since underweight and overweight aren't separate characteristics, exactly, but rather different locations within a range).