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January 20, 2017
I know why I sometimes eat too many brownies. They taste great! The same goes, of course, for a whole slew of desserts–I love me my strawberry rhubarb pie, and I never say no to a ginger snap. And while … Continue reading →
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January 16, 2017
As a science, economics does not always succeed at predicting how humans behave. The discipline assumes a level of rationality, and an ability to process complex information, that far exceeds human capacity. But as a standard for how people ought to behave, … Continue reading →
The post Does Having Too Much Money Make Us Stupid? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
January 9, 2017
Last year, I joined Zeke Emanuel and some other great people in publishing an article on how to use the insights of behavioral economics to nudge physicians towards providing high-value care. Here is a link to that article. To give … Continue reading →
The post Using Behavioral Economics to Design Smarter Physician Incentives appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
December 30, 2016
Taste versus health: That’s a trade-off we are often faced with when deciding what to eat. Some foods are bad for our health but happen to taste quite good. All of us have limited willpower, and when we are exhausted … Continue reading →
The post Chew on This: Willpower Predicts How Quickly You Respond to the Taste of Food appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
December 23, 2016
The holidays are upon us. It’s a time to celebrate with loved ones, maybe even enjoy a well-earned vacation. But it is also a time that many of us gain weight, with children developing eating habits that could set them … Continue reading →
The post How to Keep Santa from Making Our Kids Fat –Three Ways to Reduce Childhood Obesity appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
December 16, 2016
Ever wonder why your spouse eats too much even when you warn him or her not to eat too much? It could be because your admonitions put your spouse into a state of reactance, causing them to go against your … Continue reading →
The post How Best To Nag Your Spouse To Lose Weight appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
November 11, 2016
Cigarette smokers have rights. No one should be able to tell an adult that she can’t spend her hard earned money on cigarettes. But non-smokers have rights, too. Specifically, they shouldn’t have to pay to subsidize health care costs of … Continue reading →
The post Why Charging Smokers More for Health Insurance Costs All of Us Money appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
November 4, 2016
My son was underperforming at school, and I was gently encouraging him to try harder (if gesticulating like an over caffeinated Italian qualifies as gentle encouragement). He could not understand why I was upset: “Dad, most of my friends are … Continue reading →
The post Is It Fair to Reward Medicaid Patients for Receiving Flu Shots? appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
August 31, 2016
Lots of us eat when we are stressed. But did you know that even when we are not currently under stress, the amount of food we eat might be influenced by the stress we experienced as children? That’s the conclusion … Continue reading →
The post Do You Overeat? Blame Childhood Stress appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
August 26, 2016
Put our brains into the modern food environment, and you have a recipe for disaster. Our brains are hardwired to crave calorie-dense foods, this craving no doubt arising from our evolutionary time spent on the Tundra where calories were often … Continue reading →
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