Press Releases

02/08/2017: Multiple Approaches Needed to Combat Societal Weight Stigma, According to Women

Societal stigma of individuals with overweight and obesity is well established, but few remedies have been implemented to address this problem. Women with obesity who were asked their views about strategies to reduce weight stigma in our society say that interventions in the workplace, schools, and healthcare should be prioritized, according to a study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.

12/15/2016: Study Finds Increases In TV Food & Beverage Ads During Programming Widely Viewed by Youth under 18

Although time spent watching TV did not increase, children and adolescents viewed more television food and beverage advertisements in 2012 than in 2008. This increase was due primarily to an increase in the number of ads aired per hour of TV viewing, according to a new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.

11/02/2016: UConn Rudd Center Director Marlene Schwartz Honored For Her Influence on Children's Nutrition Policies

The Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame has named Marlene Schwartz, Director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, a 2016 Women's Wellness Honoree. Dr. Schwartz is being recognized as a researcher and advocate for food and nutrition policies that will improve children's diets and health.

11/01/2016: Food and Drink Marketing for Young Children Often Contradicts Expert Advice for Promoting Healthy Eating

Marketing for baby and toddler food and drinks often contradicts the advice of health professionals, using messages that may lead parents to believe that these commercial products are healthier alternatives to breastmilk or homemade food, according to a new study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.

10/26/2016: Center for Nutrition Assistance Research To Enhance Food Security and Dietary Quality

A new center at Tufts University and the University of Connecticut will focus on economic research aimed at enhancing food security and dietary quality for low-income Americans through the nation's nutrition assistance programs. The research center brings together the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts and the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, two institutions with long records of research leadership in this area. 

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