red meat

As of the 23rd May 2022 this website is archived and will receive no further updates. was produced by the Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim was to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining.

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What does a 13% increased risk of death mean?

A recent study from Harvard reported that people who ate more red meat died at a greater rate. This provoked some wonderful media coverage: the Daily Express said that ‘if people cut down the amount of red meat they ate – say from steaks and beefburgers –to less than half a serving a day, 10 per cent of all deaths could be avoided, they say”.

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