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Midmorning: 'Contagious' obesity and Andrew Keen

Posted at 7:44 AM on July 30, 2007 by Bill Wareham

A new study in the latest New England Journal of Medicine suggests that when one person gains weight, their close friends also tend to gain weight. At 9 a.m., Midmorning talks with one one of the study's authors, and other obesity experts, about the role of social networks in weight gain. Kerri Miller's guests are James Fowler, associate professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, and co-author of the study The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network over 32 Years; Judith Stern, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Internal Medicine at the University of California-Davis. She is co-founder and former vice president of the American Obesity Association, and is on the advisory board for Weight Watchers; and Kelly Brownell, co-founder and director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.

At 10 a.m., Kerri speaks with digital media critic Andrew Keen about his new book The Cult of the Amateur: How Today's Internet is Killing Our Culture, in which he explains why the glorification of user-generated content and empowered citizen media is bad for our culture.