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Fast food not the major cause of rising childhood obesity rates, study finds

Dec. 16, 2013 For several years, many have been quick to attribute rising fast-food consumption as the major factor causing rapid increases in childhood obesity. However a new study found that fast-food consumption is simply a byproduct of a much bigger problem: poor all-day-long dietary habits that originate in children’s homes. The study, titled “The… Read more »

Rimer announces intent to appoint Mayer-Davis as nutrition chair

Dec. 16, 2013 A letter from Dean Barbara K. Rimer to the School community We appreciate the time, candor and commitment of all the people who participated in the nutrition chair selection process.  We conducted an intensive internal selection process that involved faculty and staff members, students, alumni and other stakeholders from the two schools… Read more »

Nutrition student teaches healthy eating habits to community in Ecuador

Dec. 11, 2013 Watching a student become a teacher is a teacher’s best reward. So says Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP). Ammerman recently heard from Cate Parker, her former student in Nutrition… Read more »

Children’s movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity

Dec. 10, 2013 Two Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnae, now working in the UNC School of Medicine, have found that many recent popular children’s movies feature content involving some characters who have unhealthy eating behaviors and others who stigmatize them for being overweight or obese. The study, led by Eliana M. Perrin, MD,… Read more »

Obesity found to be major risk factor in developing basal-like breast cancer

Nov. 18, 2013 Women who are obese face an increased risk of developing an aggressive sub-type of breast cancer known as “basal-like,” according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In a study published online by the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, a team led by Liza Makowski, PhD,… Read more »

Midlife women’s satisfaction with body size takes effort

Oct. 15, 2013 A new study of middle-aged women finds that those who report being satisfied with their body size are healthier and better-functioning but still may be dissatisfied with other aspects of their appearance, especially those affected by aging.   The study, co-authored by Cynthia Bulik, PhD, professor of nutrition in the UNC Gillings… Read more »

Gordon-Larsen elected to lead The Obesity Society

Sept. 24, 2013   Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, professor of nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected vice president of The Obesity Society, the leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity. Her four-year position will include service in subsequent years as president-elect, president and immediate past president. Established in… Read more »

Bellagio Declaration asks for protection from Big Food, Big Soda lobbying

Sept. 20, 2013 Public health and nutrition scientists are calling for greater efforts to protect healthy food policies from being undermined by the lobbying forces of multinational food corporations, or “Big Food” and “Big Soda,” as they have been called.   The call to action, known as “The Bellagio Declaration,” was made at the International… Read more »

NCIOM task force addresses early childhood obesity

Sept. 10, 2013   Researchers from the Gillings School of Global Public Health participated this week in a task force convened by the N.C. Institute of Medicine to develop strategies targeting obesity in children from birth to age five. Alice Ammerman, DrPH, nutrition professor and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease… Read more »

Ammerman leads ‘Food Explorers’ in NC schools, helps kids choose healthy school lunches

Sept. 4, 2013   A research team led by Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has instituted a new program this fall called Food Explorers, a social marketing campaign designed to promote healthy lunch menus and increased fruit and vegetable consumption in Rockingham County (N.C.) Schools…. Read more »