Author Archives: Lindsey Smith Taillie

How did the Great Recession Impact Home Cooking and Eating Out? The Answer May Surprise You.

It used to be, in the past, people–and especially low income people– responded to economic downturns by increasing healthy behaviors: they would eat out less, cook more, exercise more, and kick the alcohol and smoking habits. The theory is, since … Continue reading

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Headline vs. Study: How the Popular Press Distorts the State of the Science

Ever taken a closer look at an attention-grabbing headline in the Times or on NPR and wondered, huh? Then, upon checking out the original article, you discover a study riddled with errors and biases? Check out this recent post over at ASN for … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Big Soda Bans (and Other Obesity Prevention Policies)

Why are obesity prevention measures like big soda bans, sugar sweetened beverage taxes, or menu labeling so controversial, and so hard to pass? What happens when opposing sides feel strongly –and have compelling evidence–that their position takes the moral high … Continue reading

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The Demise of Marriage– Obesity’s Hidden Culprit?

Gay or straight, people today are waiting longer and longer to tie the knot. But could delayed marriage be responsible for expanding waistlines? Find out how low marriage rates are linked to obesity over on

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Is More Technology Always Better Technology?

In a world where 3-D printers print pizza and our phones tell us which taco truck has the best carnitas, it seems like more technology must always mean better technology, right? Turns out, that’s not always the case–at least not when you’re trying to … Continue reading

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So Obesity’s an Official “Disease”….So What?

The American Medical Association recently recognized obesity as an official “disease.” Read about what this decision means for patients, physicians, and the public over at the American Society for Nutrition Blog. (Scroll down to see my post). 

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Much Ado About Paleo

 Lots of buzz surrounds one of the newest (or oldest) diets: Paleo. Read my thoughts  on this controversial diet on the Carolina Nutrition Digest.

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Does Overweight Really Decrease Risk of Death?

Recent research showing that being overweight may actually reduce risk of mortality has gotten all the obesity experts talking about whether that extra fat might be more helpful than harmful. What gives? Read my take here.

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