Costly Curves Western cultures tend to associate thinness with beauty, health, self-discipline, success, and economic value. Research by Marisabel Romero and Adam Craig, recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research, shows that these associations can have an unconscious effect … Continue reading Big spenders
How Behavioral Economics Can (and Can’t) Boost Health As the bestsellers started piling up, from 2008’s Predictably Irrational and Nudge to 2011’s Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, the buzz around behavioral economics — the science and practice of nudging people toward … Continue reading The challenge of behavioral change
Information avoidance: From health to politics, people select their own reality We live in an unprecedented “age of information.” Dieters have access to nutritional information, people at risk of genetic disease can undergo cutting-edge medical tests and citizens in modern … Continue reading How people avoid information
Putting Sugary Soda Out of Reach Can public health officials force Americans to break their soda habit? The answer may come soon from the University of California, San Francisco, a health sciences center that has more than 24,000 employees on … Continue reading Hot to reduce sugar intake
What Obama has meant for food The Season 8 première of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” begins just like all of the show’s episodes do: with its amiably gruff host taking in the splendors of some lesser-travelled corner of the globe. … Continue reading Obama and Bourdain on food
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?
Battling Adolescent Obesity with Behavioral Therapy Now that we’re well into September, many families are settling into the swing of school schedules, band practices, dance lessons and packed daily agendas. With so much running around going on from September to … Continue reading Healthy weight for teens