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The Evolutionary Biology of Obesity

Posted on March 13, 2012

Harvard’s Daniel Lieberman, Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, speaks about the evolutionary origins of today’s obesity epidemic. For more on the situation of eating, see Situationist contributors Adam Benforado, Jon Hanson, and David Yosfion’s law review article Broken Scales: Obesity and Justice in America.  For a listing of numerous Situaitonist posts on the situational sources of obesity, click here.

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Posted in Choice Myth, Evolutionary Psychology, Food and Drug Law, History, Life, Video | 1 Comment »

Robert Lustig on Effects and Politics of Sugar

Posted on December 31, 2012

Dr. Robert Lustig (Sugar: The Bitter Truth) speaks at Yale’s Peabody Museum on the policy and politics of the “Sugar Pandemic.” Hosted by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. Related Situationist posts: The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 3 The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 2 The Situation of […]

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The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 3

Posted on December 15, 2012

Part 3 of the BBC’s Remarkable Three-Part Series “The Men Who Made Us Fat”: Jacques Peretti examines assumptions about what is and is not healthy. He also looks at how product marketing can seduce consumers into buying supposed ‘healthy foods’ such as muesli and juices, both of which can be high in sugar. He speaks […]

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The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 2

Posted on December 14, 2012

Part 2 of the BBC’s Remarkable Three-Part Series “The Men Who Made Us Fat”: Jacques Peretti investigates how the concept of ‘supersizing’ changed our eating habits forever. How did we – once a nation of moderate eaters – start to want more? Speaking to Mike Donahue, former McDonalds Vice President, Peretti explores the history behind […]

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The Situation of How We Became Fat – Part 1

Posted on December 12, 2012

From Introduction of BBC’s Remarkable Three-Part Series “The Men Who Made Us Fat”: Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Two thirds of British adults are overweight and one in four of us is classified as obese. In the first of this three-part series, Jacques Peretti traces those […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Distribution, Evolutionary Psychology, Food and Drug Law, Marketing, Public Policy, Public Relations, Social Psychology, Video | Leave a Comment »

Michael Pollan on the Political Situation of Food

Posted on November 29, 2012

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes writer Michael Pollan for a discussion of the agricultural industrial complex that dominates consumer choices about what to eat. He explores the origins, evolution and consequences of this system for the nations health and environment. He highlights the role of science, journalism, and politics in the development of a diet that […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Distribution, Education, Food and Drug Law, Ideology, Marketing, Politics, Video | 2 Comments »

Marion Nestle on The Situation of Our Food

Posted on November 28, 2012

Related Situationist posts: Dr. David Kessler Waxes Situationist The Situation of our Food – Part I The Situation of Our Food – Part II The Situation of Our Food – Part III The Situation of our Food – Part IV The Situation of Our Food – Part V For more on the situation of eating, see Situationist contributors Adam Benforado, […]

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The Deeply Captured Situation of Sugar

Posted on November 25, 2012

Mother Jones has a superb new article on the deeply captured situation of sugar.  It begins as follows: ON A BRISK SPRING Tuesday in 1976, a pair of executives from the Sugar Association stepped up to the podium of a Chicago ballroom to accept the Oscar of the public relations world, the Silver Anvil award for excellence in “the forging […]

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Posted in Deep Capture, Food and Drug Law, History, Ideology, Life, Marketing, Public Relations | 1 Comment »

Peer Pressure and Voting

Posted on October 30, 2012

From The Harvard Gazzette: Many people believe that idealism motivates them to open their wallets for a favorite candidate or that civic duty motivates them to go to the polls to vote. But don’t discount peer pressure as an important factor in elections, a political scientist says. “We operate as a family, a neighborhood, a […]

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The Social Situation of the Citizen – Today!

Posted on October 25, 2012

When: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 12 – 1pm Where: Austin North Event type: Lectures Sponsor: Student Association for Law & Mind Sciences, HLS Republicans, HLS Democrats, HLS American Constitution Society, PLMS Do social networks really influence individuals’ politics? If social networks matter, how do they work? Utilizing a variety of experimental and survey data from […]

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The Situational Effects of Food Advertising

Posted on February 9, 2012

Pierre Chandonm and Brian Wansink recently posted their paper “Is Food Marketing Making Us Fat? A Multi-Disciplinary Review” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. Whereas everyone recognizes that increasing obesity rates worldwide are driven by a complex set of interrelated factors, the marketing actions of the food industry are often singled out as one of the […]

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God’s Situational Effects

Posted on January 8, 2012

This is the fourth in our series of posts intended to help our readers with their New Year’s resolutions.  From USA Today, here is a brief description of research recently co-authored by Kristin Laurin and Situationist Contributors Aaron Kay and Gráinne Fitzsimons .   God references slipped into tests decreased student’s belief that they controlled their own destiny, […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Life, Morality, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology | 1 Comment »

The Situation of Good Habits

Posted on January 6, 2012

This is the third in our series of posts intended to help our readers with their New Year’s resolutions.  From The Sun Herald, here is a brief description of recent research on the benefits of retraining your brain. What does it really take to change a habit? It may have less to do with willpower […]

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Want To Lose Weight?: Consider the Situational Values of Values

Posted on January 3, 2012

The outstanding Wray Herbert has a terrific piece on The Huffington Post about research done by Situationist Contributor, Geoffrey Cohen. Dieting and weight control are really pretty simple. We gain weight and have trouble losing it because we eat too much and move too little. If we can switch that around, most of us should […]

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Posted in Life, Positive Psychology, Situationist Contributors | 8 Comments »

 
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