theatlantic: The No. 1 Reason Americans Are Getting Fatter: We’re Not Smoking “Using the traditional Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition technique” — a social science method often used to study two groups or components with different credentials; a method, essentially, of comparing apples to oranges — “we find that cigarette smoking has the largest effect: the decline in cigarette smoking explains about two percent of the increase in … Continue reading

Health apps are about as effective as public health ads: Just as I see an ad when I get on the subway telling me that this soft drink has 40 packets of sugar, I whip out my iPhone and see the Livestrong app on my homescreen on my iPhone reminding me that I need to eat well. I don’t really want to use the Livestrong … Continue reading