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Fat Stigma: The View from my Office Window

My office windows look out across the two main campus pedestrian malls of the largest and most diverse research university in the US. Every day, thousands upon thousands of people of all shapes and sizes stroll past. With more than 85,000 immersion students, the university population exceeds that of some small countries (including […]

Big Change Starts Wrong: New Zealand Tackles Childhood Obesity

As an expatriate Kiwi, I keep up to speed on happenings down-under by reading the New Zealand Herald. As articles like this one show, obesity has shot up the list of national health priorities, and has become an increasingly panicked topic. With the third highest rates of childhood obesity in the […]

Lessons from a Visit to the World’s Prettiest Prison

Within a decade or so, the last remaining patient-residents of the Hawai`ian leprosy colony of Kalaupapa will die. The highest sea cliffs in the world separate the peninsula on the northwest coast of the tiny island of Molokai from the wider world. A physical quarantine, you can get to Kalaupapa from […]