Latest Kelly D. Brownell Stories

2012-08-04 01:52:18

Food and addiction is emerging issue, says food policy expert Overweight and obese individuals can achieve a decade's worth of important health benefits by losing just 20 pounds, even if they regain the weight later that decade, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 120th Annual Convention. With a focus on psychology's role in overcoming the national obesity epidemic, the session also examined research that indicates foods high in sugar and fat could...

NYC Ban On Big Sodas Gets Public Fired Up
2012-07-25 13:09:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New York City residents got their fair say Tuesday in Mayor Michael Bloomberg´s proposed ban on the sale of large sodas in area restaurants, movie theaters and other public venues, many supporting the ban as a way to fight obesity, but others opposing the measure, calling it pointless and unfair. Despite the public turnout at the Board of Health hearing in Queens, it seemed only a few actually represented the average...

2012-07-04 22:55:16

"The obesity crisis is made worse by the way industry formulates and markets its products and so must be regulated to prevent excesses and to protect the public good," writes a leading food expert in this week's PLoS Medicine. Kelly Brownell from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University argues that like all industries, the food industry plays by certain rules: "It must defend its core practices against all threats, produce short-term earnings, and in do doing, sell...

2011-01-26 07:44:23

American grocers joined forces with food and beverage producers to unveil a new system on Monday for placing nutritional information on packages ahead of plans from US regulators, who have pushed for clear and accurate labels to help fight the growing obesity epidemic in the United States. The front-of-package labeling move by industry leaders caught the attention of critics, who questioned the move, saying it appeared to be an attempt to dodge federal regulators and to distract consumers...

2009-09-17 13:10:00

Legislators and researchers are pushing for a tax on the nation's sugary soda drinks in order to fight obesity and bring in additional revenue of about $15 billion each year. A study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy found that 62 percent of children between the ages of 12 and 17 and 41 percent of children ages 2-11 consume at least one sugary drink each day. Furthermore, a group of nutrition and economics experts have issued...

2009-04-09 07:45:00

Health experts are hoping that people will lose their sweet tooth with the institution of a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, Reuters reported. The tax idea was designed to combat obesity by detouring consumption as well as generate billions of dollars that would directly go to state and local governments to promote health programs. Taxing cigarettes has been beneficial in reducing smoking.  One review proposed that for every 10 percent jump in price, consumption dropped by 7.8...

2009-03-13 11:30:00

The USDA on Thursday reported that it could make no connection between an obesity epidemic and the $73 billion food stamp program of fiscal 2009. Critics of the Agriculture Department's point to the massive amount of funding going toward food stamps as an indicator of the world's obesity crisis."USDA is not aware of any convincing evidence that school meals or other federal nutrition programs cause obesity and overweight. The evidence that does exist is mixed," Thomas O'Connor, USDA's acting...

2006-01-12 00:40:00

It's used as a levy on 'junk' foods, and to promote nutrition programs In America's ongoing battle of the bulge, one strategy to combat the nation's obesity epidemic has generated more than a decade's worth of attention and controversy. Popularly known as the "fat tax" or the "Twinkie tax," the concept first gained widespread attention in 1994 when Yale University psychology professor Kelly D. Brownell outlined the idea in an op-ed piece in The New York Times. Addressing what he called a...

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