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Jangle fallacy epidemic in obesity research: a comment on Ruddock et al. (2017)

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UV is supported by Personal Post-doctoral Research Funding project PUTJD654 and by Fonds de recherche du Québec—Santé.

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Vainik, U., Meule, A. Jangle fallacy epidemic in obesity research: a comment on Ruddock et al. (2017). Int J Obes 42, 585–586 (2018).

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