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The Viral Situation of Obesity

Posted on September 21, 2010

From UC San Diego News: The emerging idea that obesity may have an infectious origin gets new support in a cross-sectional study by University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers who found that children exposed to a particular strain of adenovirus were significantly more likely to be obese. The study will be published […]

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Obesity and Bullying

Posted on May 9, 2010

Christian Nordqvist wrote a nice summary of recent research for  Medical News Today on the relationship of obesity with bullying.  Here are a few excerpts. * * * A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reports that obese children have a higher risk of being bullied, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, social skills, academic […]

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The Policy Situation of Obesity

Posted on March 12, 2010

In 2004, Peter Jennings hosted an outstanding report, titled “How To Get Fat Without even Trying,” in which he explored some of the situational factors, including federal government agricultural policies and food industry practices, that  are contributing to Americas  obesity epidemic. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * […]

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News about the Captured Situation of Food Policy

Posted on November 16, 2010

From the New York Times: Domino’s Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It teamed up with Domino’s to develop a new line of pizzas with […]

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Winning the Food Fight

Posted on October 27, 2010

Back at the end of August, I wrote a post about the benefits of “nudging” people towards heath, in particular, by resetting food defaults.  I argued that we could combat obesity without unduly infringing on individual choice or autonomy by changing the food situation so that when a person ordered “a latte,” for example, she […]

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The Social Situation of Contagious Outbreaks

Posted on September 20, 2010

From Harvard Medical School (written by David Cameron and Inga Kiderra): Your friends are probably more popular than you are. And this “friendship paradox” may help predict the spread of infectious disease. Nicholas Christakis, professor of medicine, medical sociology and sociology at Harvard University, and James Fowler, professor of medical genetics and political science at […]

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The Bagel Situation

Posted on August 29, 2010

If you order a “bagel with cream cheese,” how much cream cheese should be provided with the bagel? That was the question my girlfriend and I pondered the other day as we drove through New Jersey futilely trying to remove half of the cream cheese on our bagels without the aid of a knife. Why […]

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Posted in Behavioral Economics, Choice Myth, Food and Drug Law, Marketing, Situationist Contributors | 7 Comments »

The Situation of Public Relations

Posted on June 19, 2010

Here at the Situationist, we spend a lot of time focused on new research from the mind sciences and, as a result, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that there are other individuals and entities (besides academics and universities) out there working tirelessly to uncover what makes us tick. Some of these […]

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The Situation of Social Networks

Posted on June 18, 2010

From TEDTalks: We’re all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits — from happiness to obesity — can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don’t even know. * * […]

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The Social Situation of Breaking Up

Posted on June 17, 2010

Rose McDermott, Nicholas Christakis, and James Fowler have recently posted their fascinating paper “Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Unless Everyone Else is Doing it Too: Social Network Effects on Divorce in a Longitudinal Sample Followed for 32 Years” on SSRN.   Here’s the abstract. * * * Divorce is the dissolution of a social […]

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The Situation of Hate Crimes

Posted on June 10, 2010

Here is another segment from John Quinones excellent ABC 20/20 series titled “What Would You Do?” — a series that, in essence, conducts situationist experiments through hidden-camera scenarios. This episode asks, “what would you do if you witnessed a hate crime?” (and includes analysis from social psychologist John Dovidio). * * * * * * […]

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Inequality and the Unequal Situation of Mental and Physical Health

Posted on May 21, 2010

Press release from University of Michigan: * * * When people are under chronic stress, they tend to smoke, drink, use drugs and overeat to help cope with stress. These behaviors trigger a biological cascade that helps prevent depression, but they also contribute to a host of physical problems that eventually contribute to early death. […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Distribution, Emotions, Environment, Food and Drug Law, Life | 2 Comments »

Situationism in the Blogosphere – April, Part I

Posted on May 19, 2010

Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of our favorite non-Situationist situationist blogging during April 2010 (they are listed in alphabetical order by source). * * * From Big Think: “New Study: Insurers Take Both Sides in the War on Obesity” “The other day I pointed out the conflicting motives of corporations […]

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De-Capturing the FDA

Posted on April 19, 2010

Harvard Law Student, Jason Iuliano, recently posted his forthcoming article, “Killing Us Sweetly: How to Take Industry Out of the FDA” (forthcoming Journal of Food Law and Policy) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * For more than a century, the Food and Drug Administration has purported to protect the public health. During that […]

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The Addictive Situation of Fatty Food

Posted on March 30, 2010

Sarah Klein wrote an article for CNN, titled “Fatty foods may cause cocaine-like addiction,” discussing recent research co-authored by Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D., an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute.  Here are a few excerpts. * * * In the study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Kenny and his co-author […]

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Tort Law’s Distributional Injustice

Posted on March 16, 2010

Anita Bernstein, posted her recent review essay, titled “Distributive Justice Through Tort (And Why Sociolegal Scholars Should Care)” (forthcoming 35 Law of Social Inquiry) on  SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * Drawing on two books central to an emerging sociolegal literature about tort-Fault Lines: Tort Law as Cultural Practice, a collection of chapters edited […]

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The Situation of Our Food – Part V

Posted on January 6, 2010

Michael Pollan (a professor of science and environmental journalism at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California) has a new, short book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. Pollan’s writing has been frequently featured on this blog because it is superb and because of his fascinating situationist perspective regarding our food “choices.”  […]

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