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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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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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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 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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Perfectionism as Situation for Binge Eating

Posted on May 17, 2009

Last month, ScienceDaily had a helpful review of recent research revealing how perfectionism can contribute to eating disorders. Here are some excerpts. * * * In everyday life, someone who takes a perfectionist’s approach to activities might be admired or even rewarded with a pat on the back. These attitudes are tied to a commonly […]

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The Benefit of Knowing Your Eating Sins

Posted on December 7, 2008

Earlier this week, John Tierney had a nice article, “Health Halo Can Hide the Calories,” in the New York Times about the situation of eating.  Here are some excerpts. * * * If you’re a well-informed, health-conscious New Yorker who has put on some unwanted pounds in the past year, it might not be entirely […]

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The Situation of Eating – Part II

Posted on August 21, 2008

Monday’s Boston Globe had a nice article, titled “Environmental cues affect how much you eat,” by Judy Foreman on the Situation of Eating. We’ve included the introduction below. * * * Next time you sit down to dinner, dim the lights – but not too much. Both bright light and dim light may make you […]

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The Situation of Eating

Posted on January 26, 2008

On many occasions, we have discussed how one’s situation can play a major role in his or her eating patterns, often in ways that go undetected. Along those lines, though obesity is often attributed to a lack of will, laziness, or poor eating habits, it likely better reflects one’s situation and the constraints placed on […]

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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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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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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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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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