On Wednesday, neurologist and psychiatry professor Dr. Clete Kushida spoke to over 120 people about common sleep disorders and the importance of sleep.
Stanford researchers found Americans are widely distributed in terms of physical activity, a trend that correlates with high obesity levels. The study reveals the desired, lower activity inequality can be achieved with more “walkable” environments.
Active debate has always surrounded the validity of the sugar tax, especially in the United States. Proponents argue that the sugar tax is a necessary measure to combat the extremely high childhood—and adult—obesity rates in America. However, critics argue that such “nanny-state” taxes are unnecessary because they limit the freedom of choice consumers have when they go to a supermarket or convenience store and want to buy a few snacks.
Stanford law professor, Deborah Rhode’s paper titled, “Obesity and Public Policy: A Roadmap for Reform,” was recently published in the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law. The Daily spoke with Rhode about her article and the next steps towards obesity reform.
It is crucial that we work to diversify our definition of health. Rather than encouraging good eating and exercise habits for the sole purpose of losing weight, we should encourage them to improve future health.
Transforming a food desert into a community with a diverse array of food options will take time but it is necessary for all Americans to have access to healthy food regardless of socioeconomic status.
While the growing market of animal products should be encouraged for their moral and health benefits, the market is also interesting for its potential to spark one of the greatest changes to the human diet in recent history.
At Stanford and elsewhere, Meatless Monday is not about forcing anyone to go vegetarian or vegan. It’s about embracing and encouraging this shift to a more compassionate, sustainable, and healthful way of eating—one meal at a time. For these reasons and more, our campaign has been met with enthusiasm and positivity from virtually everybody we have come in contact with, contrary to what last week’s headline might suggest.