September 2020 Newsletter

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Weight Stigma as a Predictor of Distress and Maladaptive Eating Behaviors During COVID-19: Longitudinal Findings from the EAT Study

Links between obesity and complications of COVID-19 have received increasing attention throughout the ongoing pandemic. But a different aspect of body weight – the social stigma that people face because of their weight – may also have harmful implications for people’s health during the pandemic.
New research from the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and the University of Minnesota shows that young adults who experienced weight stigma before the pandemic have higher levels of depressive symptoms, stress, eating as a coping strategy, and are more likely to binge-eat during COVID-19 compared to those who haven’t experienced weight stigma.

Read the full study here

Weight Stigma and Diabetes Stigma in U.S. Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: Associations with Diabetes Self-Care Behaviors and Perceptions of Health Care

In a U.S. survey of 12,000 adults with type 2 diabetes, 52% perceived that having diabetes was accompanied by social stigma, and at least 1 in 5 participants agreed that other people’s perceptions of their diabetes had negatively impacted their emotional life and diabetes management. Similarly, in U.S. general population studies, as many as 40% of adults report that they have experienced some form of weight stigma. Together, diabetes stigma and weight stigma are important but neglected issues that warrant increased attention among US adults with type 2 diabetes.
In the first study to examine implications of both weight stigma and diabetes stigma, findings show that self-stigma for diabetes and body weight, as well as experiencing judgment about weight from doctors, may have negative implications for self-care behaviors and perceived quality of health care.

Read the full study here

Rudd Center In The News

Who's Most Likely to Binge Eat Amid Pandemic?
Featured: Rebecca Puhl, Deputy Director

Industrial Farming Outweighs Willpower in Obesity Crisis, Experts Say
Featured: Marlene Schwartz, Director

What's Simmering With Our Friends?

State of Obesity 2020: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Trust for America's Health

The U.S. adult obesity rate passed the 40% mark for the first time, standing at 42.4%, according to State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Rates of childhood obesity are also increasing, with the latest data showing that 19.3% of U.S. young people, ages 2 to 19, have obesity. In the mid-1970s, 5.5% of young people had obesity.
The report includes a special section on food insecurity and its relationship to obesity, as well as recommendations on how best to address the obesity crisis grounded in two principles: 1) the need for a multi-sector, multi-disciplinary approach and 2) a focus on those population groups that are disproportionately impacted by the obesity crisis.

Full text of the report is available here

Achieving a Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in Latino and All Communities
Salud America!

The new “Achieving a Cohesive Culture for Health Equity in Latino and All Communities” research review from the Salud America! health equity program at UT Health San Antonio explores three key mechanisms?implicit bias, system justification, and moral disengagement?used to discriminate against Latinos and other people of color and/or justify poverty. To achieve a cohesive culture focused on health equity, where everyone works individually and as a group to ensure each person has a fair and just opportunity for health and wealth, we must help people overcome the mechanisms by which they excuse discrimination and make justifications for poverty.

See the full research review here.

Back to School Guides for Creating a Caring School Community
Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The more connected staff, students, and families feel to their school environment, the more likely they are to find success. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s new Back to School Guides help educators co-create a caring, supportive in-person and/or virtual school environment. The guides follow a 5-week pathway covering key topics in social-emotional learning, including: 

  • Setting the Foundation 
  • Building Relationships 
  • Exploring Emotions 
  • Advocating for Your Needs
  • Recalibrating 

Click here to download the turnkey, grade-specific guides and explore ways to build community among staff and families.

Make a Reservation: 2020 RIDGE Conference

The 2020 RIDGE Conference, held virtually on October 14, will feature new economic research aimed at enhancing food security and dietary quality for low-income Americans. Both new and established investigators who were 2019 RIDGE grantees will present on topics ranging from evaluating the impact of nutrition-driven changes in school meals to influences of labor policy on SNAP to nutrition assistance participation amongst populations of interests, including college students and multigenerational households. An agenda with all sessions, participants, and presentation topics is now available. The conference is free, but registration is required.

Freshly Made: Special Feature on Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks contributed to 2 million cases of type 2 diabetes over 10 years, and nearly two thirds of U.S. children consume sugary drinks every day. The State of Childhood Obesity’s new special feature highlights the latest data and trends on sugary drink consumption and facts about how sugary drinks impact kids’ health. It summarizes efforts and recommendations for reducing consumption, recent research, and stories of communities taking action.

To view the page, click here.

News to Chew On

Food Navigator
Study: Facts Up Front Nutrition Labels Associated with Improved Nutritional Quality

Health Experts Agree: There’s a Deadly Cost to Eating Ultra-Processed Foods
‘Children Are Going Hungry’: Why Schools Are Struggling to Feed Students
Food Politics
Marketing Ploy of the Week – And for Schools, Yet

Medical News Today
Food Insecurity in the U.S. Increasingly Linked to Obesity

San Francisco Chronicle
Berkeley Passes Ordinance Requiring Healthy Snacks at Grocery Checkout Aisles

CBS News
Hungry With Children: 1 in 3 U.S. Families With Kids Don’t Have Enough Food

The Hill
The Pandemic is Changing Our Grocery Shopping Habits in Surprising Ways