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Natasha Schvey on Obesity in the Courtroom – Today!

Posted on November 1, 2013

When: Friday 11/01/13 12-1pm Where: WCC 2012 Today, join Section 6′s Ninja Tortles and the Student Association for Law and Mind Sciences (SALMS) for a talk by Natasha Schvey on bias against overweight defendants in the courtroom. Schvey, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Yale University, has focused her research on obesity, weight stigma, […]

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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 »

An Inspiring Story or Another Distorted Messages on Obesity?

Posted on March 27, 2011

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the problems I saw with Joe D’Amico’s all-McDonald’s diet “experiment” leading up to the L.A. Marathon. It turns out that that was not the only potentially troubling obesity-related story coming out of the marathon. The media was also very excited to report on Kelly Gneiting becoming the heaviest […]

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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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The Distributional Situation of Obesity

Posted on May 18, 2009

William Underhill had a nice summary of recent research on one of the situational causes of obesity: inequality.  Here are some excerpts. * * * What makes Americans so fat? Don’t blame the doughnuts. That extra heft could be symptomatic of a malaise prevalent in all the world’s least equal societies. According to “The Spirit […]

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Posted in Distribution, Emotions | 2 Comments »

Obesity in China

Posted on September 11, 2007

The obesity epidemic has attracted much attention on The Situationist. Although obesity is commonly attributed to “bad choices” and “personal failings,” recent findings in social science suggest that social interaction patterns, economic circumstances, and environmental factors prove far more explanatory. This disconnect between a widely-shared, but mainly erroneous public perception of obesity’s causes and an […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Life, Social Psychology | 6 Comments »

Common Cause: Combating the Epidemics of Obesity and Evil

Posted on September 5, 2007

What do the abuses at Abu Ghraib and your expanding waistline have in common? Well, if the landmark study on obesity that was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine has any validity, then the answer will surprise you. Societal attempts to combat obesity and fight evil focus on modifying the individuals themselves […]

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Situational Obesity, or, Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat and Veg

Posted on August 2, 2007

No one would deny that your friends have a profound effect on your personality and what you find to be socially acceptable. A group of friends develops inside jokes, shared history, and gestures that instantly convey complex meanings. They also influence each member’s views of how people should act in groups and what is acceptable […]

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Posted in Choice Myth, Food and Drug Law, Life | 6 Comments »

Legal theory must incorporate discoveries from biology and behavioral sciences

Posted on October 15, 2013

Some recent discoveries in evolutionary biology, ethology, neurology, cognitive psychology and behavioral economics impels us to rethink the very foundations of law if we want to answer many questions remain unanswered in legal theory. Where does our ability to interpret rules and think in terms of fairness in relation to others come from? Does the […]

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Posted in Legal Theory, Morality, Neuroscience, Philosophy | 3 Comments »

Alex Laskey on Social Situation of Energy Use

Posted on June 9, 2013

From TED: What’s a proven way to lower your energy costs? Would you believe: learning what your neighbor pays. Alex Laskey shows how a quirk of human behavior can make us all better, wiser energy users, with lower bills to prove it. Related Situationist posts: Christakis Speaks to Harvard Freshmen about Social Networks The Scalability of Cities […]

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The Situational Benefits of Compassion

Posted on May 20, 2013

Emma Seppala, for The Observer, has an outstanding overview of some of the health consequences and contagiousness of compassion.  Here is a portion of her article: Decades of clinical research has focused and shed light on the psychology of human suffering. That suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often also has a bright side to […]

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Posted in Altruism, Distribution, Emotions, Morality, Positive Psychology | 2 Comments »

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

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 »

 
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