A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity

A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity

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Carson C. Chow deploys mathematics to solve the everyday problems of real life. As an investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, he tries to figure out why 1 in 3 Americans are obese. He spoke with The New York Times at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where Dr. Chow, 49, gave a presentation on “Illuminating the Obesity Epidemic With Mathematics,” and then later by telephone. The condensed and edited version of the interviews is fascinating.

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