Yeah looks like dodgy statistics to me too, though I haven't done my stats subject yet. I just smell a rat....
Show me a clinical trial where they've controlled ALL the other dietary variables and I'll get interested.
That they are including processed meat with any red meat is a big alarm bell.
There is some possible negative associations with red meat - cooking methods, methionone, and if they are eating grain fiber instead of good plant fiber, their gut health is going to be crap as you know, so any negatives will be amplified. And in the past 20 years, anyone who consumes a lot of animal protein is a 'hippy veggie health nut' while anyone who consumes a lot of meat protein doesn't give a damn (for the most part) and irregardless of exercise, that alone is going to be a factor.
If we’re not supposed to eat animals, how come they’re made out of meat? Tom Snyder