Lindsey P. Smith

About Lindsey P. Smith

Lindsey Smith is a Doctoral Student in Nutrition Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a pre-doctoral trainee at the Carolina Population Center. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University and an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health. Lindsey’s research focuses on social and behavioral determinants of obesity and food-related chronic disease, in the US and internationally. Currently her work with the UNC Food Research Program focuses on food preparation patterns and trends in the United States, including how home-cooking behaviors have changed and are linked to health patterns.

The Marriage Decline: Obesity’s Hidden Culprit

It is the topic everyone is talking about: marriage. The demise of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) in June sent a ripple of excitement around the United States, as discussion heats up over how the new legislation will affect gay marriage. But gays are not the only ones for whom marriage is changing. Gay or straight, people are waiting longer to marry and having more children outside of marriage. These vast changes, summarized in this report, have policymakers buzzing about the hidden costs of delayed marriage, especially for children. Yet, despite all the hype, we have ignored a major question.

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