Posts Tagged ‘obesity’

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    Health Care Costs

    Mar 10, 12 • 298 Views • No Comments

    Looking forward to your daily Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino, you see that the calorie count sign says 500 calories. Change your mind? Most studies indicate that knowing a calorie count has little if any impact on purchasing decisions. Then, you stroll to...  [read more]

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    Is Obesity the Government’s Business?

    Feb 16, 12 • 626 Views • No Comments

    To fight obesity, do you support government funded weight loss education? Soda taxes? Mandatory menu calorie counts? Banned bake sales? A recent Intelligence Squared debate provided several answers. The evening focused on the proposition,  “Obesity...  [read more]

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    Health Insurance Dilemmas

    Nov 18, 11 • 232 Views • No Comments

    Assume for a moment that you are slim, love broccoli and run 4 miles each day. Should your health insurance premium be lower than the amount paid by someone with an unhealthy lifestyle? Wal-Mart, PepsiCo and Safeway say, “Yes.” One Wal-Mart...  [read more]

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    Finding Food Deserts

    Jul 18, 11 • 268 Views • No Comments

    Having just learned that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a food desert website, I am not sure how we should respond. The USDA tells us that in a food desert most low-income households have limited access to a supermarket or grocery store. In the...  [read more]

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    Calorie Matters

    Jul 10, 11 • 232 Views • No Comments

    Learning that a Big Mac has 540 calories and a large fries, 500, will people select a salad? According to the Washington Post, “No.” We do not have the will power to avoid long term cost when faced with short term benefit. This takes us to the...  [read more]