San Francisco, CAUSA 94103
February 2, 2012
My focus is on obesity prevention, and a large part of that is changing habits around food and exercise. Changing the foods people find appealing, how they view dieting and exercise, and the ability to make small changes for a potentially slower, but sustainable weight loss. It seems the hardest habits to develop and sustain are eating less and exercising more. Meanwhile, diet books, diet products, and "quick fixes" even the ones that are proven to fail, continue to be amazing marketing successes! Something about consuming less and exerting ourselves more seems to be the hardest habits to form because of evolutionary and environmental barriers, (including a cultural belief in the superiority of a "quick fix" for so many problems in our lives). Finding ways to overcome these obstacles (evolution and environment) and developing habits of portion control and exercise, is extremely interesting, challenging, and important to myself, and helping reverse the obesity epidemic.
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Reading the news daily, started when I was in my freshman year of college, and I've kept this habit till today. What strikes me about developing this habit, and why I think it was such a successful experiment, is the positive feedback I received from my friends. At first an impressed look that I knew a fact I was not required to read about for class, then being able to take part in a conversations very fully, hold my ground, and be respected for it. Not only did I feel fulfilled by reading the news every day, I was fulfilled by the feeling that my friends viewed me as informed. No one thinks reading the news makes you a genius (I dont think...), but it gave me pride in my intellect that I didn't have before, as it was not tied to my academic performance. People around me recognized the habit I was forming, and it gave me a lot of motivation to continue, and expand on it. Developing this habit seems priceless now, which i think is a sign of a successful habit development experience.
Possibly researchers at Stanford Prevention Research Center.
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Hi, I work at Stanford Prevention Research Center, and am on the board of Slow Food San Francisco. My focus is on childhood obesity prevention, and promoting health in a way that also supports a healthy, sustainable food system.