A Mathematician's Take on America's Obesity Epidemic

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A new study predicts that 42 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030. And all this week we’re looking at that prediction with people we might not normally think of as obesity specialists — from city planners to coffin makers.

Today, we’re continuing the conversation with another unexpected obesity expert: a mathematician. Dr. Carson Chow is a mathematician and investigator with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases who specializes in obesity.


Dr. Carson Chow

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [2]


Please...PLEASE start covering causes of obesity that have been overlooked for too long -- lack of sleep and high-salt diets.

Check out this report from EdWeek about a study relating obesity to "social jetlag", or the difference in sleep deprivation during the week versus additional hours of sleep on the weekend.


May. 16 2012 01:40 PM

In this age when almost half of the population is overweight, are there any studies that follow normal weight Americans to find out why they stay in the normal range? I don't do strenuous exercise and don't count calories. I eat whatever I want and as much as I want and my weight remains constant and normal. Why?

May. 16 2012 08:57 AM

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