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Calorie Counts on… Stairs? Interesting Nudge

Just came across an interesting way to try to motivate people to exert themselves: post calories-burned-counts on the stairs. Would that work for you?  For me, it would probably make me look down while walking up, only to trip, fall … Continue reading

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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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Do Docs Spend More in McAllen, Texas Because People Who Live There Are Obese?

In a very influential 2009 New Yorker essay, Atul Gawande described why health care spending is rampant in McAllen, Texas, an example of the regional variations in healthcare utilization that policy experts at Dartmouth have been studying for years. Indeed, this … Continue reading

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Stopping Unhealthy Eating with a Traffic Light

In a recently published article, a team of researchers showed that a simple graphical cue, showing people which foods are healthy and unhealthy, significantly improve their eating behaviors. Here is a nice summary of the study results, as summarized on … 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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A Clever Way to Nudge People to Ride Bicycles

A recent story on the Atlantic website described a clever way to demonstrate the benefits of bicycling in congested cities. It involves an app that quickly shows people how long it will take to get somewhere by bicycle versus car. And … 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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