Tipping the Scales on Obesity
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that one in three children in the United States are obese or overweight, to the detriment of their health and well-being in both the short and the long-term.
UConn experts on obesity, nutrition, public policy, psychology, agriculture, and economics join with faculty from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity to collaborate and conduct research that addresses the nationwide problem of obesity.
Federal Subsidies Promote Healthy Eating in Child Care Centers
Connecticut child care centers participating in a federal food assistance program do a better job at feeding preschoolers healthy foods than non-participating centers, according to a new study by the Rudd Center.
Preschoolers Still See TV Food Ads Despite Companies’ Promises
Because of a loophole in the companies’ pledges, children under 6 are still exposed to TV food ads, at an age when they are particularly vulnerable to advertising.
Food Swamps Predict Obesity Rates Better Than Food Deserts
A new UConn Rudd Center study found that easy access to fast- and junk-food outlets was a better predictor of high obesity rates than lack of access to affordable, nutritious food.
How People Cope with Weight Stigma Affects Their Health
A focus on positive coping strategies could help improve health for those who experience being teased or bullied because of their weight, according to new research by the UConn Rudd Center.
Despite Progress, Most Food Advertising to Kids Still Unhealthy
'Ten years after the launch of food industry self-regulation, food advertising to children remains far from the goal of supporting healthful diets.'
‘Health Halo’ Effects of Food Ads Can Mislead Kids
A new UConn Rudd Center study shows that healthy lifestyle messages in food ads can make unhealthy products seem healthier to children.
Fast-Food Restaurants Not Promoting Healthy Kids’ Meal Options
Breaking News: Yesterday, McDonald's announced it is making Happy Meals healthier, a move advocated by UConn's Rudd Center.
Food Advertising to Kids Still Promotes Unhealthy Foods
Although the overall number of food-related ads kids see is down, the majority of the ads still promote unhealthy foods and beverages.
Parents Concerned About Unhealthy Food Marketing to Children
A new study shows that actions to demand improvements would be most welcomed in communities of color, where children are also exposed to greater amounts of unhealthy food marketing.
Black Kids Exposed to Even More Junk Food Ads than White Kids
An increase in the number of ads aired per hour of TV viewing impacted black youth more than white, according to a new UConn Rudd Center study.
State’s Leading Institutions Launch International Effort to Advance Metabolic Research
UConn, Yale University, and the Jackson Laboratory linked with Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel to collaborate on projects that swiftly move investigations into clinical application and commercialization.
Changes in WIC Food Assistance Program Pay Off in Healthier Purchases
WIC participants are buying healthier foods overall as a result of changes introduced in 2009, says UConn Rudd Center researcher.
Support Increasing for Laws Against Weight-Based Bullying
A UConn researcher says a growing number of parents favor anti-bullying laws to protect children from bullying based on weight.
School Breakfasts Support Healthy Weight, Study Shows
Researchers say middle schoolers who eat breakfast at school are less likely to be overweight or obese than those who skip breakfast.
‘Advergames’ a New Front in Fight Against Childhood Obesity
Part of a semester-long series exploring obesity research by UConn faculty.
Dollars to Pounds: Boosting Purchasing Power to Lower Obesity Rates
The first in a semester-long series exploring obesity research by UConn faculty.