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Nutrition Obesity Research Center News

Mayer-Davis selected as member of 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee

February 21, 2019
To ensure that America’s dietary guidance reflects the latest science, the U.S. secretaries of agriculture and health and human services have announced the appointment of 20 nationally recognized scientists to serve on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Dr. Beth Mayer-Davis was one of the appointees.

Sugar-sweetened beverage purchases declined in two years after Mexican 'soda tax' passed

February 21, 2017 A new study by nutrition researchers Drs. Shu Wen Ng and Barry Popkin -- and their collaborators in Mexico -- found that Mexico's tax on sugary beverages caused the purchase of those beverages to decline during the second year of the tax. Earlier research had shown an immediate decrease in purchases in the tax's first year. The study is published in the journal Health Affairs.

Two studies address link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer

April 7, 2016 Recent work from the laboratory of Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, explores two possibilities for breaking the link between obesity and basal-like breast cancer. Basal-like breast cancer (BBC) is a highly aggressive type of tumor that often strikes young and African-American... Read more »