Rudd Center Study Finds Support for Classification of Obesity as a Disease

In the first assessment of public opinion since obesity was formally classified as a disease by the American Medical Association in 2013, a new study from the UCONN Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity has found that a majority of Americans support the designation.


New Rudd Center Study Documents Decrease in Plate Waste Following Changes to School Meal Standards

A study by the UCONN Rudd Center found that students ate more fruit and threw away less of their entrees and vegetables after new national healthier school lunch standards took effect than before the changes. Click on "read more" to hear a radio interview about the study findings.



Rudd Center Introduces WellSAT 2.0

The Rudd Center recently updated the WellSAT, a quantitative assessment tool of school wellness policies.  WellSAT offers a consistent and reliable means of assessing the comprehensiveness and strength of school wellness policies within or among states. 


Emerging Evidence Shows Energy Drinks Are a Growing Public Health Threat

A UCONN Rudd Center review of the evidence shows that highly-caffeinated, often sugar-laden energy drinks can harm children and adolescents, and supports physicians' groups and policy makers calling for restrictions on marketing and sales of these drinks to children under 18.


New Rudd Center Report - Trends in Television Food Advertising to Young People: 2014 Update

The 2014 update shows that, compared to 2007, advertising to youth increased in categories including candy, carbonated beverages and fast food. Ads for bottled water and fruits and vegetables also increased, but these categories each represented less than two percent of food ads seen by youth.


Recent News

  • National Disaster

    As obesity rates surge, researchers and policy experts with the UCONN Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity work to stem the rising tide. The center is featured in the Spring 2015 edition of UCONN Magazine. Read More

  • Is Fast Food Going Out of Style?

    Rudd Center Director Marlene Schwartz is a guest on a WNPR radio program with host John Dankosky delving into this question. Click "Read More" to listen. Read More

  • Parents are still being duped into giving their kids high sugar drinks

    A new Rudd Center study on parents' beliefs about sugary drinks helps explain why so many provide them to their children. The study is featured in The Washington Post. Read More

  • More Children Eat Fruit in School, Study Shows

    After the U.S. Department of Agriculture's healthier school meal standards took effect in 2012, students ate more fruit and threw away less of their entrees and vegetables than before the changes, according to a study led by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut. Read More

  • Can Public Policy Stop Obesity?

    Rudd Center's Director of Marketing Initiatives, Jennifer Harris, recently wrote an essay about how public policy must address obesity for the January issue of Cato Unbound, a publication of the Cato Institute. Read More

The Rudd Center For Food Policy & Obesity

The Rudd Center is a non-profit research and public policy organization devoted to improving the world’s diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma.

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