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Study Finds Mexico’s Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Reduced Purchases of Sugary Drinks

The first comprehensive peer reviewed study to examine the immediate effects of Mexico’s new tax on sugar sweetened beverages was published in The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) in January 2016. The full study is available online. Researchers from … Continue reading

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Guardian: Americans cutting calorie intake but junk food proves a hard habit to kick

A new article in The Guardian, titled Americans cutting calorie intake but junk food proves a hard habit to kick, features UNCFRP research from a January article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and commentary by Dr. Barry Popkin. The … Continue reading

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NYTimes quotes Dr. Popkin in ‘Americans Are Finally Eating Less’

UNCFRP research and comments by Dr. Barry Popkin are featured in the New York Times story by Margot Sanger-Katz, Americans Are Finally Eating Less, published July 24, 2015. The article discusses the gradual decline of calories eaten by Americans over the … Continue reading

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Taxes may discourage purchase of sugared & high-fat beverages in US households with young children

A new study by Christopher N. Ford, PhD, found that a tax on beverages high in sugar and/or fat may be associated with favorable shifts in food and beverage purchases among households in the United States with a preschool child. … Continue reading

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Purchases of taxed beverages decline in Mexico after excise tax takes effect

*** This post has been updated. See additional content here. *** The UNC Food Research Program at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina and the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública have estimated changes in household purchases … Continue reading

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Poti: Processed Foods Account for >75% of Calories Purchased from US Grocery Stores

A study by Jennifer Poti found that >75% of the foods Americans purchased from grocery stores is moderately or highly processed, as reported by TIME on May 21, 2015. As much as Americans like to pretend to worship at the altar of … Continue reading

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Study: preschoolers’ calorie intake down in last decade

A new study by Christopher Ford, doctoral candidate in nutrition epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and research assistant with the UNCFRP evaluated beverage trends of U.S. preschool children over a 10 year period between 2003-2012. The … Continue reading

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Study: Consumer Purchases of Cakes, Cookies and Pies Have Decreased by 24 Percent

A new study published by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, by recent UNC graduate (and UNCFRP alum) Dr. Kevin C. Mathias, finds that consumer purchases of cakes, cookies, pies, and other ready-to-eat grain-based desserts decreased by … Continue reading

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Study: Daily tasks can get sedentary workers closer to national physical activity guidelines

A new study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, titled No time for the gym? Housework and other non-labor market time use patterns are associated with meeting physical activity recommendations among adults in full-time, sedentary jobs, with lead … Continue reading

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NPR: Sayonara To ‘Super-Size Me?’ Food Companies Cut Calories, So Do We

NPR’s Alison Aubrey, with a story discussing our research published last week in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and the impact on individuals and food and beverage companies: [Listen to the story here] It just might be the dawn of … Continue reading

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