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05/03/2017: Adolescents Teased About Their Weight Are More Likely To Have Obesity and Weight-related Health Consequences As Adults

Weight-based teasing is one of the most common forms of bullying that youth face. It most often comes from peers, but youth can also experience weight-based bullying from family members at home. These experiences can contribute to emotional and physical health problems for youth. But less is known about the long-term impact of weight-based bullying. A new study from researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut and the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota shows that weight-based teasing in adolescence predicts health consequences in adulthood, including obesity, unhealthy weight-control and eating behaviors, and poor body image.

04/19/2017: Parents Increasingly See Unhealthy Food Marketing and Easy Access to Junk Food as Obstacles to Raising Healthy Children

Eighty-five percent of parents surveyed about their views on food marketing to children agreed that companies should reduce advertising to unhealthy food to their kids, according to a new report from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. Support for policies to promote healthy eating habits for their children in the media, schools and communities increased between 2012 and 2015 among parents surveyed for this study, with black and Hispanic parents significantly more likely to express support than white parents. The new report updates findings from a 2012 Rudd Center report with new data collected from 2012 to 2015. The report is available at

04/04/2017: Words Really Matter When Talking to Youth About Their Weight

Body shaming and weight stigma have become commonplace in American society. Whether highlighted in the news or in research studies, it’s clear that there is widespread negative bias against people with overweight or obesity. Unfortunately, children are vulnerable targets of weight stigma. In fact, weight-based bullying is one of the most prevalent forms of bullying reported by youth.

03/06/2017: Sugary drink sales drop nearly twenty percent after community campaign

Residents of one Maryland county bought fewer sugary drinks after a campaign to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages that included policy changes and public health outreach efforts, according to a new study from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.

03/03/2017: Self-Directed Stigma May Be a Key Detriment to Sustaining Weight Loss

Losing weight is a struggle for many Americans, but maintaining weight loss can be an even greater challenge. In a new study from the University of Connecticut, researchers have identified a new barrier that may make it even more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

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