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The World On A Plate: A Look At Diets Around The Globe

The World On A Plate: A Look At Diets Around The Globe

From culture to religion, social status to political leanings, a lot can be learned from what's on a plate. In What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets, photographer Peter Menzel and his wife, writer Faith D'Aluisio, take a fascinating look at diets of people around the world.

February 17, 2015 — Layla Eplett

Is Our Focus on Obesity Holding Back Public Health?

What causes obesity? Advertising junk food to kids? Cheap soda? The demise of physical education in public schools? Too much screen time? Or maybe, it's one of the little boxes in this Obesity System Influence Diagram, developed in 2007 by British researchers for their government's Foresight Project: Holy cow, I believe are the words you're [...]

February 12, 2015 — Patrick Mustain
How Networks Are Revolutionizing Scientific (and Maybe Human) Thought

How Networks Are Revolutionizing Scientific (and Maybe Human) Thought

Science and common sense are alike grounded in human experience. Yet these ways of thinking about things are often in conflict. Sometimes the simplicity of most commonsense explanations can make it hard to win people over to the complexity and uncertainties of most scientific arguments.

December 12, 2014 — John Edward Terrell, Termeh Shafie and Mark Golitko
Calorie-burning fat and your brain

Calorie-burning fat and your brain

If you follow obesity news, you may have heard of a type of energy-burning "good fat" known as brown fat, which scientists think may have potential to battle a growing epidemic of excess body fat.

October 29, 2014 — Julianne Wyrick
Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

It's no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease - be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer - is often perceived as a risk that is out of their hands.

October 15, 2014 — Lawrence D. Wagman & Sandra M. Brown
Judging Food By Its Cover: Nutrition Labels Are One Area Where Consumer Is Not King

Judging Food By Its Cover: Nutrition Labels Are One Area Where Consumer Is Not King

It's a tired refrain: "It's all about consumer choice, we can't limit choice, the consumer is king."  Every time some pesky public health advocate wants to try to reform the food environment, the industry starts to shriek about limiting choices and taking away people's freedom.  New York City's attempt to remove "bucket" as an acceptable [...]

August 28, 2014 — Patrick Mustain

Do You Know a Fat Dog When You See One?

We've all met dogs with a small head and large body who bear a striking resemblance to the people with shrunken heads from the movie Beetlejuice.

August 26, 2014 — Julie Hecht

What if we all just stopped trying to lose weight? (video)

By focusing on weight, we may be missing the broader picture of what it means to be healthy. Brian Mattson is not the picture of health. Few would look at him and say: "There's a healthy fellow." But that's a shame, because Mattson is a pretty healthy guy.

May 22, 2014 — Patrick Mustain

Why Do Facts Fail?

Why Do Facts Fail?

Deconstructing Denial