Activity: Misleading pieces – Bias

In addition to identifying missing pieces or new ideas through the practice of iteration, we also need to be alert to the possibility that research, ideas or our own assumptions are biased. Examine the following images and statements for the types of bias identified by Burke and Eichler:

  1. Maintaining an existing hierarchy or power structure
  2. Failing to recognize differences among and between people
  3. Applying double standards

Identify the appropriate form(s) of bias for the following statements and images. Note: There may be more than one bias at play.

1. In a new study, European researchers found obese women had more trouble finding a sexual partner than their normal-weight counterparts, though the same wasn’t true for obese men. [1]

Which bias applies?
Maintaining an existing hierarchy or power structure
Failing to recognize differences among and between people
Applying double standards

2. Overweight brother and sister eating takeout food and watching TV.

Which bias applies?
Maintaining an existing hierarchy or power structure
Failing to recognize differences among and between people
Applying double standards

3. Trends in obesity rates, household population aged 18 years or older, Canada, excluding territories, selected years, 1978/79 to 2004

Which bias applies?
Maintaining an existing hierarchy or power structure
Failing to recognize differences among and between people
Applying double standards

4. Percentage overweight/obese (BMI ≥ 25) and obese (BMI ≥ 30), by sex and Aboriginal identity, household population aged 19 to 50, Ontario and western provinces, 2004

Which bias applies?
Maintaining an existing hierarchy or power structure
Failing to recognize differences among and between people
Applying double standards

Source: [1] www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37710334/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/

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