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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Global Ideas Institute Leader Who Wants to Solve Food Insecurity Around the World

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

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When It Comes to Eating Right, Laziness Can Be Your Friend

New research finds one bad habit we’re often tagged with (sloth) can help us overcome another (overeating).

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What Makes American Cuisine American?

At its essence, American food began as a cuisine of survival free from the burdens of tradition and elitism. Little has changed.

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Irony in Our Diets: Stigmatizing Obesity Increases Overeating

New research suggests anti-obesity campaigns that stigmatize heaviness may be counterproductive.

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The Buffet Line Can Be Your Friend

It all depends on whether the food is presented in an optimal order, with healthy selections first.

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Fat-urday: When Eating What You Want Is Cheating

If “cheat days” are built into diets, is it really cheating? It’s time to ditch the term and all its dubious implications.

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It’s Not Just All of the People Around You That Are Getting Fatter

Research reveals that animals are gaining weight, too.

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World’s Oldest Living Human Found, Not in the Usual Place

Are freak longevity cases more about record-keeping than genetics, diet, or exercise?

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A Very Weighty Decision

The American Medical Association has officially labeled obesity a disease, but we still don’t know enough about the problem to be sure it fits the established definition.

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Is Sugar the Next Tobacco?

It will be if Robert Lustig has anything to say about it.

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To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

Smokey Can’t Save Us: Wildfires Are Out of Control

New research shows how rapidly fire dangers are rising in the American West. The results could help governments plan ahead for the flames.

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014