Category Archives: Health & Well-being

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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Is It Time to Put an End to High School Sports in America?

In a recent article in the Atlantic magazine, Amanda Ripley argues that we should dramatically diminish, or even get rid of, high school sports in the United States, because they are throwing off our priorities and sucking up our funding. I … Continue reading

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Banning Smoking in Parks and Beaches

A July article from Health Affairs published just how many parks and beaches in United States have banned smoking, since 1993. The picture for US parks is below: These bans have grown in popularity even though the risk of secondhand … Continue reading

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Sleep Deprivation in Hospitals Is a Real Problem

The importance of sleep is perhaps most realized when we become sick. When we are hospitalized and most in need of every ounce of health, though, hospital care practically guarantees that we won’t get good sleep. Fortunately, two approaches hold … Continue reading

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What Healthcare Costs American Families

I found a wonderful picture that nicely summarizes how much Americans spend on health care each year. The picture was produced by the Milliman company, and represents typical spending for a family of four. The $22,000 figure represents overall healthcare … Continue reading

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Should Our Government Combat the Obesity Epidemic?

Here is video from a talk I recently gave at the University of Wisconsin, laying out a few of the reasons I think the government needs to play a role in combating the obesity epidemic. If you dig further into … Continue reading

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