Sugary Drink purchases plunge following Chile’s new Food Law

A study by our GFRP team & our Chilean collaborators, published 11 Feb 2020 in PLOS Medicine, finds that Chile’s Law of Food Labeling and Advertising, implemented in 2016, was followed by a significant 23.7% decline in purchases of sugary drinks. This research, following changes in purchases of over 2000 households in Chile, is the […]

The double burden of malnutrition in The Lancet

A new approach is needed to help low- and middle-income countries reduce obesity and undernutrition at the same time as the issues become increasingly connected, according to the first paper in a four-paper report published in The Lancet. “We are facing a new nutrition reality where major food system changes have led the poorest countries […]

Ng quoted in USA Today article on proposed sugary drink tax in CT

Shuwen Ng is quoted in a USA Today article about the proposed statewide sugary drink tax in Connecticut, and the article presents an infographic sourced from our maps of sugary drink taxes throughout the world. Connecticut may become the first state in the country to tax sugar-sweetened beverages if Gov. Ned Lamont has his way. […]

Studies showing how food companies work to affect government policies

Barry Popkin is quoted in a New York Times article discussing two recently published studies that show how multinational food companies can affect nutrition and health policies that come from various governments. China’s fitness-is-best message, as it happens, has largely been the handiwork of Coca-Cola and other Western food and beverage giants, according to a […]

Peru enacts Front of Package Warning labels for “junk” foods

The Peruvian government has issued a final Advertising Warnings Manual to require warning labels on packages of and adverts for foods that contain high levels of sugar, saturated fat, and sodium, as well as those containing trans-fat. A letter of congratulations to the Peruvian Government from various top scientists, researchers, and professionals in the areas […]

CPC Fellows Popkin, Ng and Taillie receive funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies to evaluate the implications of policies on food purchasing patterns, diets, and health

The GFRP team has been awarded funding to study food purchasing patterns, diets, and health and how government policies about these can impact human health. The funding is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Work is underway in Mexico and Chile in evaluating major food and nutrition policies, and the team is working with a number of […]

Healthier WIC food package leads to change in food-buying habits

A new study, led by Shu Wen Ng, published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that changes in the food choices and nutritional content of WIC packages has produced improvements in overall food purchase habits among program participants. The USDA made changes to the WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) […]

GFRP Researchers quoted in Vox article covering success of junk food taxes

An article published January 17, 2018 on Vox highlights the successes of junk food taxes enacted in two countries (Mexico & Hungary), summarizes a recently published AJPH article from NYU & Tufts researchers making the case for a junk food tax, and quotes both Drs. Barry Popkin and Lindsey Smith Taillie on junk food spending […]

Colombia: Study predicts less sugary drink consumption with tax

GFRP researchers predict a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Colombia would lead to a decrease in purchases of those sugary drinks and a move toward healthier food choices in a new study published online December 20 in PLOS One. Juan Carlos Caro and team used data from the Colombia National Income and Expenditures Survey to estimate the price […]

Stern studies Effect of Changes in Soda Consumption on Weight in Mexican Women

GFRP at UNC alumna Dalia Stern authored an article published in the American Journal of Public Health investigating the effect of changes in soda consumption on weight over 2 years on a cohort of women in Mexico (Published online September 21, 2017). The study, titled Changes in Sugar-Sweetened Soda Consumption, Weight, and Waist Circumference: 2-Year […]

Consumer Reports asks Can ‘Sin Taxes’ Solve America’s Obesity Problem?

A recent article from Consumer Reports, titled “Can ‘Sin Taxes’ Solve America’s Obesity Problem?” reviews recent policy levying taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and junk food, the impact of such taxes in municipalities within America and countries around the world, and quotes Dr. Barry Popkin on the research surrounding these taxes and their effects on intake. While a […]

Added sugar from packaged beverages common from 2007-2012, GFRP study finds

A new study by GFRP team members, led by Dr. Shuwen Ng, evaluates the added sugar content of packaged beverages and lays the groundwork for monitoring the added sugar content of both foods and beverages over time, especially important in light of the planned federal requirements to add “added sugars” to the nutrition facts labels […]

Study finds less salt in packaged foods, more can be done

A study published June 5 by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, led by Dr. Jennifer Poti, found that Americans purchased less salt in packaged foods and beverages from 2000-2014 – but we’re still getting too much. Sodium purchased by U.S. households from store-bought packaged foods and beverages dropped by 18% […]

Study of the first year of Berkeley’s tax on SSBs

Recent research following the first tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in a US city (Berkeley, CA) has found a subsequent decrease in sales. A study titled “Changes in prices, sales, consumer spending, and beverage consumption one year after a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Berkeley, California, US: A before-and-after study” was published online in PLOS Medicine […]

GFRP at UNC Alum Dalia Stern wins Impact Award

Dalia Stern, PhD won an Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award, recognizing research discoveries that contribute to better futures for people in North Carolina, for her research analyzing where people shopped for food, which foods they purchased and the nutrient profile of their purchases. Dr. Stern’s project, titled Do More Food Shopping Options Lead to Healthier Decisions? […]

Study: “No Fat,” “No Sugar,” no guarantee of nutritional quality

Nutrient claims such as “Low Fat” or “Sugar Free” on food packaging may give consumers a sense of confidence before they make a purchase, but these claims do not always reflect the overall nutritional quality of the food. These are the findings of a new study led by GFRP researchers in collaboration with the Duke-UNC […]

SSB sales fall in Mexico after second year of taxes

Mexico’s peso-per-liter tax on sugar-sweetened beverages enacted in 2014 continues to affect sales of those beverages in the second year of the tax, show results from GFRP research, published in Health Affairs. The impact of the tax is important information about how taxes on foods or beverages affect consumer behavior, especially over a sustained period of […]

You’d Be Surprised at How Many Foods Contain Added Sugar

An article in The Upshot from the New York Times featured our research showing over 60% of the foods and beverages purchased in American grocery stores contain added sugar. Some of those products are more obvious sugary foods, but not all. The list includes many sauces, soups, fruit juices and even meat products. You might think it’s […]

The great unsweetening: Mexico’s beverage tax moves the country toward health

Featured in the Fall 2016 Carolina Public Health Magazine from the Gillings School of Global Public Health is the work by Dr. Popkin and Dr. Ng on evaluating the soda tax in Mexico. Five years ago, Mexico led the world in per-capita consumption of Coca-Cola and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Now, it’s consumption rate is stagnant […]