The Economics of Obesity: A Q&A With the Author of The Fattening of America

...We’ve blogged about obesity at length here at Freakonomics. The health economist Eric Finkelstein has been studying the subject for years, and, along with co-author Laurie Zuckerman, has...

100 Ways to Fight Obesity: Full Transcript

...This is a transcript of the Freakonomics Radio podcast “ 100 Ways to Fight Obesity .” [MUSIC: Jonathan Clay; “Carousel” (from Everything She Wants )]   DUBNER: Steve Levitt is...

Freakonomics Quorum: What is the Right Way to Think About the Obesity ‘Epidemic’?

...If you rely on nothing but the media for your information, you might think that obesity is the new Black Plague, laying to waste huge swaths of the population....

Is the Obesity Epidemic for Real?: Full Transcript

...fat people, but I don’t really mind fat people. When people say they are so against obesity, it’s driven by some moral thing rather than some economic thing, I think....

There’s A War On Sugar. Is It Justified?

...(Photo credit: Jonny Goldstein / flickr) Belva DAVIS in a clip from KQED’s This Week in Northern California : An alarming rise in the rate of obesity and related health...

Does Obesity Kill?

...There is so much noise these days about obesity that it can be hard to figure out what’s important about the issue and what’s not. To try to keep...

100 Ways to Fight Obesity: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast

...Photo Credit: außerirdische sind gesund via Compfight cc Our latest Freakonomics Radio podcast is called “100 Ways to Fight Obesity.” (You can subscribe at iTunes, get the RSS feed, or listen...

Freakonomics Radio, Fat Edition: Is the Obesity Epidemic for Real?

...Protestors blame Ronald McDonald for childhood obesity. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Is America’s Obesity Epidemic for Real? Hear from a 280-pound woman, a top White House doctor,...

The History of Obesity Revisited

...(Photo: davidd) We’ve blogged before about the obesity epidemic, and whether or not it is a recent phenomenon; John Komlos and Marek Brabec have argued that obesity rates actually began rising in the early...

A book about obesity that batters the conventional wisdom

...liked it. Publishers Weekly describes it as follows: It’s not obesity, but the panic over obesity, that’s the real health problem, argues this scintillating contrarian study of the evergreen subject...