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

don’t like to exercise, we are bound to see obesity rates go up. Q: Is obesity really an “epidemic”? If we were to let the current obesity rates continue unchecked,...

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

others suffer from scores of “obesity related” diseases. Obesity has been blamed for everything from dragging down the economy to global warming. Most recently, we’ve heard that obesity is “contagious.”...

There’s a War on Sugar. Is It Justified? (Ep. 285 Rebroadcast)

...there association in time between sugar consumption and obesity? That held pretty true from about 1985 to the year 2000. Where obesity levels went up , sugar consumption went up...

There’s A War On Sugar. Is It Justified? (Ep. 285)

...Decreasing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Will Reduce the Prevalence of Obesity and Obesity-Related Diseases,” Frank Hu (August 2013). “Sickeningly Sweet: Does Sugar Cause Chronic Disease? No,” John Sievenpiper (August 1, 2016)....

Does Obesity Kill?

I sometimes divide the obesity issue into three questions. 1. Why has the U.S. obesity rate risen so much? Many, many answers to this question have been offered, most of...

100 Ways to Fight Obesity (Ep. 120)

the Rudd Center For Food Policy & Obesity at Yale; Geoffrey Canada of Harlem Children’s Zone; Bill Dietz, the former director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity...

Is America’s Obesity Epidemic For Real? (Ep. 2)

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, and an...

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...