Metanalysis shows obesity is a major risk factor for COVID complications

New analysis led by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Barry Popkin, PhD, shows that obesity plays a major role in the severity of consequences experienced by those who become infected with the coronavirus. Popkin, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor in the Department of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health, is lead author of “Individuals […]

UNC researchers project positive gains for children a year after Mexico’s sugary beverage tax

New research finds that Mexico’s 10-percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB), implemented in 2014, could result in meaningful weight control for the country’s children and adolescents, particularly in those who had been high consumers of the beverages before the tax. Barry Popkin, PhD, is a co-author on “Body weight impact of the sugar-sweetened beverages tax […]

Barry Popkin featured on Policy 360 podcast

Barry Popkin was featured on two episodes of the Policy 360 podcast with Kelly Brownell from Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy this month. Listen to Popkin & Brownell discuss the history, rationale, best options, and successes of soda taxes in Episode 13. Listen to their discussion of the Nutrition Transition over time and the […]

Is the global diet getting sweeter?

A Thought Leader interview on News Medical with Barry Popkin features information about sweeteners in processed foods, regulatory efforts and initiatives, and predictions for the future of food in our world. What do you think the future holds for the global diet? There’s two issues here. The current future, the way the global diet’s going […]

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 downturn in calorie intake is not so much a watershed in the fight against obesity […]

UNC Study Shows Food and Beverage Companies Exceed Caloric Cut Pledge

Release from UNC Gillings School of Public Health – September 17, 2014 (CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) 16 of the world’s largest food and beverage producing companies pledged to help reduce obesity of American families with children two to 18 years old by pledging to eliminate 1 trillion calories from the products these companies sold in the […]

Barry Popkin quoted in “Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade”

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted research findings from a CDC report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that showed a significant decrease in obesity rates among young children (ages 2 – 5) from 13.9% to 8.4% between 2003-04 and 2011-12. This drop in obesity rates is a good sign. Barry Popkin […]

Barry Popkin featured in University Gazette (UNC)

Barry Popkin, PhD is featured in UNC’s most recent University Gazette; in an article titled Unlikely path led economist to a life of global public health, written by Courtney Mitchell. The first time Barry Popkin visited Chapel Hill, he was an economist and political activist passing through town in the late 1960s, working on desegregation and social change. He […]

Barry Popkin quoted by USA Today in “Critics attack Coke’s anti-obesity ad”

Nanci Hellmich writes, in a USA Today article titled Critics attack Coke’s anti-obesity ad: A new Coca-Cola ad, which encourages people to come together to fight obesity, is drawing fire from consumer advocates and obesity experts. The two-minute video,appearing Monday night on several national cable networks, talks about the company’s range of beverages and how the […]

Barry Popkin quoted by The Economist in “Food companies: Food for thought”

The Economist’s Special Report: Obesity, discusses the part played by food companies and industry in the fight against flab – highlighting various approaches to creating and marketing “healthier” products, and the challenges from the public and shareholders in doing so. The upcoming HWCF Evaluation baseline report is mentioned, headlining Dr. Barry Popkin, who “will judge […]

Popkin in HBO’s “The Weight of the Nation” Documentary Series

Released in HBO Documentary Films and the Institute of Medicine in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente present “The Weight of the Nation”.  The centerpiece of THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION campaign is the four-part documentary series, each […]