How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food Children’s squeals rang through the muggy morning air as a woman pushed a gleaming white cart along pitted, trash-strewn streets. She was making deliveries to some of the poorest households in … Continue reading Irresistible foods, fatty diets
Better than sex? Why we are so obsessed with the weather Full disclosure: I am a weather tragic. I have, since the age of five, been completely obsessed with the weather. The trigger, as I recall it, is also one … Continue reading The business of weather
How ‘nudge theory’ can help shops avoid a backlash over plastic bag bans On your way home tonight, you might stop at the supermarket to grab some ingredients for the evening meal. If you’re like many shoppers, you’ll pass through … Continue reading Breaking the habit
How Behavioral Economics Can Produce Better Health Care Consider the following. I’m a physician at the end of more than a decade of training. I’ve dissected cadavers in anatomy lab. I’ve pored over tomes on the physiology of disease. I’ve … Continue reading A healthy nudge
Why Behavioral Approaches to Fighting Poverty Are So Controversial Behavioral interventions geared at reducing poverty and inequality are inherently controversial. After all, if the problem is that Group A has a lot more money than Group B, why not give … Continue reading Poverty vs. inequality
How Restricting Food Stamp Choices Can Fight Obesity Often, when people discuss the obesity crisis in the United States, and another failed effort to help people change their eating habits, it’s as if there’s nothing we can do. But sometimes … Continue reading Are food restrictions really restrictive?
Americans Spend More on Restaurants Than Groceries, Because of Huge Social Changes There’s a good argument to be made that cooking — i.e., using fire to unlock the energy in raw foods — had a crucial role in turning naked … Continue reading How much do you cook?