Rudd Center In The News
08/25/2017: This Morning With Ray Dunaway August 25, 2017
Dr. Jennifer Harris, director of marketing initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and an Associate Professor in Allied Health Sciences at UConn, talks about sports drinks. Are they good for children and teens?
One might think fat shaming would be trending down as the size of the average American has gone up, but perceived weight bias is actually rising. Among women, it’s now even more common than racial discrimination, according to work by Rebecca Puhl and colleagues at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. They and others have found that most Americans see weight as a matter of personal choice and willpower—and people with larger bodies as undisciplined and lazy. Being formerly obese does not make one immune to biased thinking about people who still carry excess pounds, Puhl has found. It can even make newly thin individuals more likely to feel contempt, because having successfully lost weight themselves, they may be more likely to scorn those who have not. According to Puhl’s research, the factor most likely to protect against biased attitudes toward overweight is having a friend or loved one with obesity.
08/21/2017: Fat Bias Starts Early and Takes a Serious Toll
Whether explicit or implicit, weight-based bias can be counterproductive, impairing the ability of overweight people to lose weight and keep it off. Studies by Rebecca M. Puhl and colleagues at the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, among others, have found that overweight and obese people who experience weight-based bias and who manage to lose weight are less able to maintain their weight loss.
The New York Times
“Weight-based bullying has negative health consequences. Teenagers who are teased about their weight may turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms like binge eating and avoiding exercise," says Rebecca Puhl, lead author of the study and deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, where she is also a professor in the department of human development and family studies.
U.S. News & World Report
A new study evaluating major U.S. fast-food restaurant chains’ pledges to offer healthier kids’ meal drinks and sides shows inconsistent implementation at the chains’ individual restaurant locations. In addition, promotion of healthier items varied widely between the chains examined, according to a new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.