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06/05/2019: White meat is just as bad for you as red beef for your cholesterol level, study says

Maria Romo-Palafox, a registered dietitian and postdoctoral fellow with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut, described the study as "excellently planned." Romo-Palafox, who was not involved in the research, noted that participants were even given their meals in this "well-controlled" study."If you have problems with cholesterol or if you have a family history of cholesterol or heart disease, then it is best to consume less of both red and white meats and instead substitute "beans, lentils, higher protein grains like quinoa, and soy-based products like tofu and tempeh," she said.

"Finding by finding, we are confirming that a plant-based diet tends to have better health results and tends to have less [negative environmental] impact," she said. Scientists "don't know exactly" why plant-based proteins are heart-protective, but it is believed "the other vitamins and minerals that come with the plant" -- and not the plant protein itself -- are more beneficial for our cardiovascular system, she explained.

06/05/2019: White Meat vs. Red Meat: Research Debunks Popular Belief Between the Two

Registered dietician and postdoctoral fellow of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut Maria Romo-Palafox then suggested that people with a history of high cholesterol levels or heart disease must consume less of both types of meat and substitute them with plant-based proteins sourced from beans, lentils, quinoa and soy-based products like tempeh and tofu, reported CNN.

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06/02/2019: Upon study: Weight-related bullying leads to poor health outcomes for LGBTQ youth

A study released today by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity found a correlation between weight-based bullying of LGBT youth and substance abuse and poor mental health.

Lead researcher Rebecca Puhl said the study is among the first to explore the link between these factors.“This study is really the first large-scale evidence of the relationship between weight-based teasing and bullying and adverse health behaviors in sexual and gender minority youth,” she said.

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05/30/2019: Teasing Kids About Their Weight May Make Them Gain More

Unlike many other studies, though, the new study assessed whether being teased about their weight during the pivotal window of childhood affected people's weight over time and into their adult years.

"I really do think this is an area that needs more attention," says Rebecca Puhl, deputy director for the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut (Puhl previously taught Schvey). "This is contributing to poor health, bottom line."

Puhl also notes that the finding that over 60% of kids with overweight in the study were bullied shows how common this is for youth. "What [this] is telling us is that we need to do a better job protecting adolescents from weight-based teasing," she says.


05/17/2019: Can we stop the obesity epidemic?

Jennifer Harris, director of marketing initiatives at the University of Connecticut Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, attributed it to the power of food marketing, "the elephant in the room." Ads for unhealthy food and sugary beverages are omnipresent, she says, from television to ads placed in apps kids play on their cellphones.

"That's the force that is pushing everyone in the wrong direction," she says. The beverage industry, she notes, spends tens of billions of dollars each year on consumer research and advertisement, while "the CDC's entire budget is less than a billion dollars. They spend more advertising soda than the CDC does to prevent disease." 

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