Category Archives: Health & Well-being

Obesity Really DOES Kill

There has been controversy recently about whether obesity is truly bad for people’s health, or in fact whether it might even protect people from early mortality. A study  from the New England Journal in January provides strong evidence that obesity … Continue reading

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Why You Should Know the Cost of Your Medical Treatments

Check out this WHYY Radio Times segment I participated in on health care price transparency: When it comes to the cost of treating an illness, do you know how much your care costs? Many experts believe if patients would be … Continue reading

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Health and Happiness: A Global Perspective

As a physician and behavioral scientist, I am always interested to explore the connection between psychological well-being and health. Which is why I have decided to share recent findings from a study, published in Psychological Science, that presents data from … Continue reading

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Squat for Your Subway Token: One of the Most Creative Nudges I've Encountered

This idea is so crazy it might just be the best one I’ve heard all week: a subway station in Moscow provides free tickets to commuters who stand in front of a monitor and squat or lunge 30 times. I … Continue reading

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Media Picking Up My Critique of Lebron James

Inquisitor.com just picked up my recent Forbes post on Lebron James, and ran with it (even though, of course, that is the wrong sports metaphor for me to use). Here is their story on my story: Forbes contributor Peter Ubel calls … Continue reading

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Is Lebron James Fattening His Wallet by Fattening Our Kids?

Lebron James makes over $19 million per year playing basketball for the Miami Heat. Not surprisingly, this salary is peanuts compared his endorsement earnings, which in 2012 topped $42 million. Although perhaps peanuts is the wrong word to use when … Continue reading

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Happiness, Old Age, and New Year's Resolutions

Now that the New Year has arrived, it is of course the time for New Year’s resolutions. It’s also the time for columnists to write essays about New Year’s resolutions. One such essay came to my attention recently, because a financial … Continue reading

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More on Advertising Junk Food to Kids

I recently posted a blog showing what television channels are most commonly used to advertise junk food to kids. Here’s a couple other pictures illustrating some fascinating facts about such advertising. First, the advertisements don’t seem to place as much … Continue reading

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Advertising Bad Food to Good Kids

Whatever you think about the proper role of the government in nudging adult Americans into healthier habits, you ought to be open to the idea that we, as a society, should be doing something to reduce obesity among children. As … Continue reading

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The Obesity Epidemic Summarized in One Picture

One of my MBA students was kind enough to send me the following picture, from The Onion. It’s hard to think of a better image to summarize what is happened to the youth of America over the last generation. Parents … Continue reading

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