Obesity has grown into a major global epidemic, with significant implications for public health and health care costs. Multiple overlapping contributing factors make obesity a highly complex problem with no simple or clear solution. In fact, many researchers now suspect that our disappointing results so far stem from insufficient attention to this complexity.

In an SFI Community Lecture on February 12 in Santa Fe, Ross Hammond reviewed the data and trends on obesity and looked to complex systems science for promising new approaches to obesity prevention.

Watch Hammond's talk (58 minutes, February 12, 2014)

Hear Hammond's interview on the Santa Fe Radio Cafe (February 12, 2014)

Read the article in the Santa Fe New Mexican (February 12, 2014)

Hammond is a senior fellow and director at the Center on Social Dynamics and Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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