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Trent Smith on Deep Capture and Obesity – The Video

Posted on September 29, 2015

In the fall of 2014, Trent Smith delivered a talk titled “The Economics of Information, Deep Capture, and the Obesity Debate.”  Here’s the abstract and, below that, the video of his talk. Are consumers susceptible to manipulation by large corporations?  Or are consumers basically rational, able to decide for themselves what to buy and how […]

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Trent Smith on Deep Capture and Obesity – SALMS Talk Friday!

Posted on September 9, 2014

The Economics of Information, Deep Capture, and the Obesity Debate When: Friday 09/12/14 –  12-1pm Where: WCC 1023 Are consumers susceptible to manipulation by large corporations?  Or are consumers basically rational, able to decide for themselves what to buy and how to live?  This lecture will argue that these seemingly contradictory views of the American […]

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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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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 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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Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, Deep Capture, Education, Food and Drug Law, Marketing | 1 Comment »

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 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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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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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 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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The Situation of Food: The Movie

Posted on July 3, 2009

From Michael Phillips’ Chicago Tribune review: Several things — too many, probably — are going on in “Food, Inc.,” all connected. Kenner begins by tracing the impact of 20th Century American fast food on industrialized food production, and notes that when McDonald’s brought factory assembly-line strategies into practice, everything changed. McDonald’s became a universe of […]

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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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The Situation of Our Food – Part III

Posted on May 8, 2007

This three-part series is based on Michael Pollan’s recent article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. Part I describe the puzzling fact that a hyper-processed and heavily packaged hostess Twinkie is cheaper than a bundle of “yanked from the soil” carrots. Part II helped to solve that puzzle by summarizing the role of the […]

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The Situation of Our Food – Part II

Posted on April 29, 2007

Part I of this series, built around Michael Pollan’s recent article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine . . . ended with the following observation and question from Pollan: * * * Compared with a bunch of carrots, a package of Twinkies, to take one iconic processed foodlike substance as an example, is a […]

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The Situation of our Food – Part I

Posted on April 25, 2007

As many of our readers likely already know, Michael Pollan is an environmental journalist and educator of unparalleled eloquence and unusual influence. What many people may not realize is that Pollan is (as far as we’re concerned) also a first-rate situationist. His best-selling and award winning books, include “The Botany of Desire” and more recently, […]

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Posted in Food and Drug Law, Life | 3 Comments »

Fast Food Litigation

Posted on February 28, 2007

Lianne S. Pinchuk, an associate at Weil Gotshal, has an article today at Law.com comparing fast food litigation with cigarette litigation and summarizing the unpromising prospects of the former. The article highlights some of the obstacles to lawyers seeking significant damages from purveyors of fast food — including evidentiary burdens (particularly on the element of […]

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Systemic Justice Project in The Globe

Posted on February 7, 2015

Below are excerpts from Courtney Humphries’s superb Boston Globe article about the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard Law School (cartoon by Sam Washburn and photo by Justin Saglio, both for the Globe): From the first day, it’s clear that law professor Jon Hanson’s new Systemic Justice class at Harvard Law School is going to be […]

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