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12 TedTalks for a Healthier, Fitter Life

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that began as a conference in 1984. It quickly spread across the world, and the short talks at the conferences were broadcast on the internet. These TED talks are perfect for today’s consumer: short and attention-grabbing, with topics ranging from science to social issues, business and health. The following TED talks are focused on nutrition and health. They are the most powerful, most viewed talks in the areas of public health and wellbeing.

Talks About Nutrition and Fitness

Teach Every Child About Food
With almost 8 million views, this popular talk by passionate chef Jamie Oliver highlights the lack of nutrition education in the U.S.

What’s Wrong With What We Eat?
New York Times food writer Mark Bittman discusses the changes that have created the modern-day Western diet.

Why I’m a Weekday Vegetarian
Graham Hill discusses a practical approach to vegetarianism.

Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work
Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt talks about the connection between the brain and the body and mindful eating.

Can We Eat to Starve Cancer?
William Li presents a talk about treating cancer through nutrition.

How To Live To Be 100
(Note: This talk is from 2010 — there is more up-to-date science now if you are interested!) Dan Buettner argues that 90 percent of what determines our lifespan is a lifestyle.

His and Hers Healthcare
Dr. Paula Johnson argues that the differences between men and women should be noted when it comes to healthcare.

Why Some People Find Exercise Harder Than Others
Social Psychologist Emily Balcetis discusses the psychology behind exercise and dieting.

Talks About Mental Health

We cannot ignore the power of mental health when discussing our wellbeing. These TED talks focus on mental health and happiness.

How To Make Stress Your Friend
Kelly McGonical, a stress psychologist, discusses the body’s response to stress and how to avoid stress’ detrimental effects on the body

What Makes a Good Life? Lessons From the Longest Study on Happiness
Robert Waldinger discusses the results of a 75-year long study on happiness and life satisfaction

How to Gain Control of Your Free Time
Time Management expert Laura Vanderkam gives advice on prioritizing and finding time

The surprisingly Dramatic Role of Nutrition in Mental Health
Clinical Psychologist Julia Rucklidge makes an argument for treating mental health conditions with nutrition

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