I Understand Why Diet Books Sell So Well

Yesterday at our first in person orientation since 2019, I reminded a group of students that they paid tuition money to us to buy access to professors. Basically, come talk to us, listen to what we are telling you, because you’re paying for it. This means that what I know, as an experimental psychologist / tech geek / author is worth something monetarily. After all, that’s why I get paid.

Me, walking to work on Monday, June 7, 2021. Weight: 207.4

And yet, the information I have that people want to know the most is summed up by a colleague this morning who stopped me and said “Dr. Westfall, you lost a lot of weight, how did you do it?”. After telling him what I’d done (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 coming soon…), I reflected on the fact that the most valuable piece of information I apparently have – way more valuable than how to clicker train your cat – is how to lose half your body weight in 3 years. Maybe I should write my own diet / exercise / be less fat book 🤔

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