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According to the World Health Organization, for India as a whole, the average Health Status Index is 550 (a composite index calculated by it), but children born to Punjabis will have an average index of 900, and those born in Goa, 850. If a child is born to a Punjabi, therefore, it would have much better health than if he were born to a Goan.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion drawn in the passage?

(a)Health experts do not believe that moving to Punjab will substantially improve the average Goan’s health status.
(b)The Goan government has alleged that the health statistics given for the state are flawed.
(c)The better health ascribed to Punjab’s current population is mostly due to genetic reasons.
(d)Forty percent of all Goans are having a health index of more than 1000 points.
(e)Most Punjabis have a diet better than most others across the rest of the country.
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Re: Average Health Status Index [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 01:26
The OA(C) seems to be incorrect.
Conclusion- If a child is born to a Punjabi, it would have much better health than if he were born to a Goan.IMO C strengthens the argument.
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Re: Average Health Status Index [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 02:36
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The OA(C) seems to be incorrect.
Conclusion- If a child is born to a Punjabi, it would have much better health than if he were born to a Goan.IMO C strengthens the argument.


I think differently. C is really the best choice. Can you give your choice?

C states that genetic of people in each country is the reason why children belong to one country have better health than they belong to other country.

You cannot say that pregnant women migrate to country P will born child that will have better health than that child be born in his own country. I'm kidding. The health is not affected by the place where children are born.

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Re: Average Health Status Index [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 03:49
can you please explain why B is incorrect?.
I believe its B, because the conclusion rely on the statistics here in concluding the punjab is better than Goa, and B states that the statistics are flawed!!
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Re: Average Health Status Index [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 07:48
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Re: Average Health Status Index [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 18:49
Would go with 'D'.

A) Health experts do not believe that moving to Punjab will substantially improve the average Goan’s health status.
C) The better health ascribed to Punjab’s current population is mostly due to genetic reasons.
Both A and C talk about the states.. Punjab and Goa... but the conclusion is indicating the culture... i.e. a Punjabi child would have better health index compared to a Goan child

B) The Goan government has alleged that the health statistics given for the state are flawed.- Does not support or refute the conclusion.

D) Forty percent of all Goans are having a health index of more than 1000 points.- Weakens the conclusion by stating that there would be at least one Goan child who would have a better Index than a Punjabi child.

E) Most Punjabis have a diet better than most others across the rest of the country.- Supports the conclusion. Better diet.. better health Index.
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Re: Average Health Status Index [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 19:02
OA cannot be C. The question itself says that "child born to a Punjabi" and not "child born in Punjab". B seems correct to me.

On a side note, looking at the English usage in the problem, I do not think this is a GMAT problem.

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