July 2019 Newsletter

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Rudd Center Recent Publications

Weight-Based Bullying Among LGBTQ Youth Associated with Increased Frequency of Binge Eating, Unhealthy Weight Control, and Poor Weight-Related Health

Approximately 20% of U.S. adolescents have obesity, and sexual minority females are even more likely to have higher body weight compared to their heterosexual peers, making them particularly vulnerable to weight-based teasing and bullying. 

The research, published in Appetite, is the first large-scale study to examine how weight bullying affects eating behaviors, dieting, and weight-related health among this population. Findings indicate that LGBTQ youth who are teased or bullied about their body weight are more likely to engage in unhealthy eating behaviors, such as binge eating, unhealthy weight control, and dieting, and to have poor weight-related health.

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Overlooked and Understudied: Health Consequences of Weight Stigma in Men

Weight stigma is pervasive against people with obesity and can contribute to both physical and emotional health problems for those targeted. As many as 40% of men report experiencing weight stigma, but when it comes to how this stigma affects their health, men have received less attention in research compared to women.

The study, published in Obesity, surveyed close to 2,000 men about their experiences of weight-based stigma, how much they internalized these experiences, and their psychological wellbeing and health behaviors. Findings show that weight stigma is associated with more depressive symptoms, increased odds of binge eating, and lower self-rated health among men. 

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Federal Regulation of Infant and Toddler Food and Drink Marketing and Labeling

Foods and beverages marketed for infants, babies, and toddlers is a $7 billion industry in the United States. Previous research into the marketing of infant and toddler food and drinks has identified many areas of concern, including deceptive practices that can mislead parents about proper nutrition for young children. This article provides a review of U.S. regulations regarding marketing and labeling practices of infant and toddler foods and beverages, identifies gaps in the regulatory structure, and provides recommendations for future research.

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Rudd Center In The News

Here's Another Reason to Reduce Kids' Screen Time: Social Media Found to Negatively Influence Their Food Choices
Featured: Jennifer Harris, Director of Marketing Initiatives

Is Obesity a Disability? What a Court Decision in Washington State Says About 'Fat Acceptance'
Featured: Rebecca Puhl, Deputy Director

Eating Matters: Episode 140 Food Policy Primer
Featured: Marlene Schwartz, Director

Self-Criticism About Weight May Originate With Others
Featured: Rebecca Puhl, Deputy Director

The Dangers of Energy Drinks Can be Fatal - Especially for Teens
Featured: Jennifer Harris, Director of Marketing Initiatives

Muting Poverty's Role in Processed Food and Obesity
Featured: UConn Rudd Center

What's Simmering With Our Friends? 

BMSG: The 4 Ps of Marketing

A series of briefs from Berkeley Media Studies Group examines how the food and beverage industry engages in targeted marketing to kids of color using what's known as the four Ps (Product, Price, Place, and Promotion). The series also provides examples to illustrate how targeted marketing contributes to health inequities and offers recommendations for how advocates can combat this all-too-common practice. You can read an overview of the new resources on BMSG's blog here, and find all four briefs here.

Staff Spotlight

Postdoctoral Fellows

The Rudd Center is proud to send off its first cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows entering new positions at academic institutions and non-profit agencies. During their time at the Rudd Center, each fellow demonstrated a remarkable commitment to the mission of promoting solutions to childhood obesity, poor diet, and weight bias through research and policy, and they contributed important works to the growing bodies of literature on their respective focus areas. Congratulations to all! 

Summer Staff:

Every summer, the Rudd Center hosts and trains future researchers in the fields of food policy, obesity, weight stigma, and food marketing. Here are this year's research associates.

Join the Bunch: We're Hiring!

The Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position whose research strengthens or complements our key research areas, including, but not limited to, public health nutrition, federal food programs, public policy, health equity, community-engaged research, food marketing/advertising, and communications. The interdisciplinary nature of the Rudd Center is supported by having core faculty members from different academic departments, and we invite candidates from a broad range of academic disciplines and research areas to apply. 

To read the full job description and steps to apply, click here

News To Chew On

Dollar Stores are Everywhere, That's a Problem for Poor Americans

Food Navigator LATAM
Mexican Health Commission Backs Warning Nutrition Label Regulation
Risk of Obesity Increases When Teens Skip Breakfast
Study: Sugar Rules the World and Ruins Teeth

The Washington Post
The Many Reasons a British Writer was Wrong to Disparage Nike's Plus-Size Mannequins

More U.S. Teenagers are Trying to Lose Weight Than in Past Years, That May be Reason for Concern

Civil Eats
Walmart's Super-Sized Impact on the Food System