Rudd Center In The News
05/09/2018: Weight stigma commonly felt by men, boys
Approximately 40% of men report experiencing weight stigma as children or adults, often in the form of teasing, according to a study published in Obesity. “[This] is important because it’s not really on the radar for men,” Mary S. Himmelstein, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, told Endocrine Today. “When we think of weight stigma, we often think about it being more relevant to women or worse for women. This study shows men and women are reporting similar rates of stigma.”
“One of the main differences we found is that most non-CACFP centers were not providing low-fat or skim milk, as required by CACFP, so saturated fat intake among preschoolers attending these centers was higher than in CACFP centers,” says Tatiana Andreyeva, director of economic initiatives for the UConn Rudd Center, associate professor of agricultural and resource economics, and lead author of the study. “It’s an easy switch from whole or reduced-fat milk to low-fat milk because the cost is typically the same. This would make a difference nutritionally, and help ensure compliance with state licensing regulations.” Another important difference was that the CACFP centers were more likely to provide both a fruit and a vegetable at lunch, although consumption of fruit and vegetables was low across all centers.
05/08/2018: Why kids should stay away from sports drinks
A 2011 analysis by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity found approximately that 27-40 percent of parents believe sports drinks are healthy for their children. However, the data tells a different picture. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reports that sugar-sweetened beverages account for 173 calories per day in 2 to 18 year olds, more than any other single category. A label from a popular sports drink shows it may contain high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, brown rice syrup, cane juice and maltodextrin – all of which has been shown to be associated with weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, non-alcoholic liver disease and tooth decay.
05/02/2018: Weight Stigma in Men
Eavesdrop on any school playground in America and you’re sure to hear someone being teased for being fat. Shaming and bullying about body shape is pervasive and harmful – for girls and boys. The University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity recently conducted the first study about weight stigma that focused exclusively on men. The results suggest men and boys face stigma at rates similar to women and girls, but for slightly different reasons.
Two out of five men surveyed said they've been on the receiving end of weight stigma, "which is really similar to what we see in women," said lead researcher Mary Himmelstein. This is the first study to look specifically at weight bias targeting men, said Himmelstein, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut's Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. "This isn't really something we think about as a problem for men. Men really aren't on the radar when we think about weight stigma," she said. "These results show it should be on the radar."
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