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 […]

News today tips the scales tomorrow

ITHACA, N.Y. – What’s in the newspaper today can predict how skinny or fat a country’s population will be tomorrow, says new research published in BMC Public Health by Brian Wansink, Professor and Director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, and Brennan Davis, Associate Professor of Marketing from California State University at San […]

Food labels nudge diners to eat healthier

ITHACA, N.Y. – A Cornell study of food labels in dining halls shows that when people know the calories and fat content in foods, they lean toward healthier fare. Despite municipal and federal legislation in the pipelines for large restaurants and dining facilities to put labels on their foods, there was very little hard data […]

Project aims to grow local farms, shrink childhood obesity

Cornell University nutritional scientists, supported by a grant announced March 26 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plan to test a recipe to lower childhood obesity while boosting the bottom line for farmers. The multistate project, funded at $1 million this year and expected to total $5 million over five years, seeks to increase access […]

USDA designates Cornell as obesity prevention hub

A new federally funded Cornell center will study how simple changes to schools, communities and workplaces could help people live healthier and boost the success of long-running nutrition education programs for low-income families. The Northeast Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence, based in Cornell’s Division of Nutritional Sciences and funded by a […]

Two takes on the soda-tax wars

As San Francisco and Berkeley citizens prepare to vote on a soda tax, two Cornell experts weigh in on the debate. David Just, food marketing and economics expert and professor at Cornell University’s Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, says soda taxes like those proposed in San Francisco and Berkeley don’t help […]

When you clean your plate, you just add weight

ITHACA, N.Y. – If you’re a member of the Clean Plate Club – you eat pretty much everything you put on your plate – you’re not alone.  A new Cornell University study shows that the average adult eats 92 percent of whatever is on his/her plate. “If you put it on your plate, it’s going […]

Banning chocolate milk backfires

To some, banning chocolate milk from elementary schools seemed like a good idea, but new Cornell University research shows that removing chocolate milk from school menus has negative consequences. “When schools ban chocolate milk, we found it usually backfires. On average, milk sales drop by 10 percent, 29 percent of white milk gets thrown out, […]

People unwilling to swallow soda tax, size restrictions

ITHACA, N.Y. – Those hoping to dilute Americans’ taste for soda, energy drinks, sweetened tea, and other sugary beverages should take their quest to school lunchrooms rather than legislative chambers, according to a recent study by media and health policy experts. Soda taxes and beverage portion size restrictions were unpalatable to the 1,319 U.S. adults […]

Dent in obesity rates a case of ‘do as I say, not as I do’

Cornell University professor of nutrition and psychology, David Levitsky, says while the federal health survey shows great progress among pre-K children, it does not solve the larger issue of adults who don’t appear to be getting any thinner. Levitsky says: “Although this is very good news, it is difficult to ascribe it to anything we […]