Happy College Starts Day: Freshman 15 or Family-First 50? College and Family Sequencing Affect Obesity

by Sarah Catherine Billups from  The Society Pages Richard Allen Miech, Michael J. Shanahan, Jason Boardman, Shawn Bauldry, “The Sequencing of a College Degree during the Transition to Adulthood: Implications for Obsesity,” Journal of Health and Social Behavior,2015 A Whole Foods marketing brochure aimed at college students. Todd Eytan, Flickr CC. Even though people tend to…

Streetlights Might Not Make You Safer

by NATHAN COLLINS from Pacific Standard A streetlight serves two purposes, in theory: to make travel safer by illuminating obstacles, and to deter crime by literally bringing shady dealings to light. Whether those beacons actually achieve their goals, however, is a matter of controversy; now, a team of British researchers argue streetlights don’t really prevent accidents or crime, but…

Map: Here’s how much each country spends on food

by Brad Plumer from Vox.com When droughts or crop failures cause food prices to spike, many Americans hardly notice. The average American, after all, spends just 6.5 percent of his or her household budget on food consumed at home. (If you include eating out, that rises to around 11 percent.) In Pakistan, by contrast, the…