New Gallup Poll: America’s Weight Gain Over Time

Americans’ average weight and average ideal weight has steadily increased over time, a Gallup poll reports. Gallup’s annual Health and Healthcare survey has polled Americans every year since 2001, as well as in 1990 and 1999. Respondents were asked their current weight, ideal body weight, weight perception and weight goals.  When comparing the data from […]

Consumer Preferences and Behavior in Food Deserts

In a recent research effort, a team of professors and graduate students from Michigan State University set out to examine consumer preferences and behavior in food deserts. More specifically, they wondered what would happen after readily accessible healthy food was reintroduced into a food desert. A food desert is a location with poor quality, expensive, […]

Diabesity, a review

A prominent pediatric endocrinologist and former president of the American Diabetes Association, Dr. Francine Kaufman offers her insightful analysis of our modern obesity and diabetes epidemic in her book Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America- And What We Must Do to Stop It. Through her empathetic lens, we witness the struggle experienced by  so many patients […]


Chia Seeds have taken grocery and health food stores by storm as the new nutrient-rich additive for a well-rounded diet. More commonly associated with the “ch-ch-ch-chia” hairy clay pets, these seeds have actually been eaten for centuries in Central America and were a staple of the Mayan and Aztec diets. Chia seeds are replacing flax […]

Flickering: Foretelling Crisis in an Ecosystem

In a recent study, published in Nature, a group of scientists have pioneered a method to predict when an ecosystem is likely to collapse. By utilizing samples collected from a particular ecosystem and applying their mathematical model to recognize fluctuations in the health of an ecosystem, the tipping point and eventual collapse (or recovery) of […]

Brookline is Going Styrofoam Free!

Finally, some good news on the sustainability front – Brookline is the most recent town in Massachusetts to place a ban on Styrofoam (polystyrene) cups and to-go containers!  A town meeting on November 13, 2012 voted 167 to 49 in favor of banning Styrofoam containers from restaurants, coffee shops, and stores by December 2013.  This […]