Obesity kills more Americans than previously thought

Contact: Timothy S. Paul tp2111@columbia.edu 212-305-2676 Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health 1 in 5 Americans, Black and White, die from obesity — nearly 3 times previous estimates Obesity is a lot more deadly than previously thought. Across recent decades, obesity accounted for 18 percent of deaths among Black and White Americans between the…

White House presses for team of ‘nudge’ experts to sway American behavior

      By Cheryl  K. Chumley – The Washington  Times Tuesday, July 30, 2013 The White House has kicked off several federal projects aimed at influencing  how Americans react to certain policy reforms, going so far as to solicit  behavior experts to join a British-style “Behavioral Insights Team” to help  nudge voters into accepting key…