Obesity is in the eye of the beholder: Cornell study

ITHACA, N.Y. – Doctors have a specific definition of what it means to be overweight or obese, but in the social world, gender, race and generation matter a lot for whether people are judged as “thin enough” or “too fat,” according to a new Cornell University study. “It looks like obesity is in the eye […]

Soda tax fizzles out without education

This week, Cook County, Illinois passed a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages just days after voters in four cities – San Francisco, Oakland, Albany California and Boulder Colorado – approved such taxes at the polls. Cornell University economist John Cawley has studied the effectiveness of soda taxes in Berkeley, California and says that while cities […]

Soda tax falls flat

ITHACA, N.Y. – Four cities will be voting Nov. 8 on whether to tax soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Some proponents say the taxes would raise prices by exactly the amount of the tax, encouraging consumers to cut down on soda and improve their health. But research shows that prices might rise by only half […]

Pepsi plans to cut sugar a positive move for profits, obesity rates

Two Cornell University experts comment on Pepsi’s plan for reducing sugar in its soft drinks around the world. John Cawley: Move by Pepsi a win for everybody Cawley is a professor of policy analysis and management and of economics and has studied the effectiveness of soda taxes on the obesity epidemic. Bio: http://www.human.cornell.edu/bio.cfm?netid=jhc38 Cawley says: […]

Raising soda taxes may sound good, but likely to fall flat with US consumers

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended governments raise taxes on sugary drinks and increase subsidies on fruits and vegetables, in an effort to fight global obesity and diabetes. David Just, marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, calls the recommendation intriguing, but says the […]

Teen health depends on location, location, location

Media note: Visit https://cornell.box.com/v/alvarado to find PDF copy of Alvarado’s research papers. ITHACA, N.Y. – The real estate maxim about the importance of location is true for teenagers too. Their intellectual and physical health depends on location, location, location. Teens in disadvantaged neighborhoods face a higher risk of obesity and reduced cognitive ability, according to […]

Researchers Nudge Healthy Food Selection in Food Pantries

Grocery stores have long deployed insights from behavioral economics to influence the purchase of targeted foods. But can similar tactics work in community food panties to nudge clients to make healthier food choices? Researchers from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab have uncovered ways to do just that. Prioritizing the placement of healthier options and […]

Men eat to excess when they need to impress

Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/eating_to_impress ITHACA, N.Y. – Men have a reputation of doing just about anything to show off in front of women, no matter how seemingly absurd. That effort to impress apparently extends […]

Experts to discuss attaining and sustaining global food security

WHAT: Cornell professors and internationally recognized food security and policy experts, Per Pinstrup-Anderson and Chris Barrett, will discuss the fight against global poverty, malnutrition and food insecurity during a discussion at the National Press Club. WHEN: Monday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. WHERE: National Press Club, 529 14th […]

Cornell study suggests soda, junk food not why we’re fat

Media note: A short video explaining the research, as well as an informational graphic and additional details about this research can be found at, http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/OP/fast_food_science   ITHACA, N.Y. — Indulgences like sodas and junk foods have long been blamed as the prime culprits responsible for worrying obesity trends across the United States. But a new analysis […]