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Michael Essman

PhD in Nutrition Epidemiology, 2020

Dissertation: A Multimethod Approach to Evaluating a Threshold-Based Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax in South Africa: Changes in Dietary Intake, Behavioral Drivers, and the News Media

Advisors: Lindsey Smith Taillie and Barry Popkin

Dr. Essman is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Centre for Diet and Physical Activity Research at the University of Cambridge.

GFRP Publications

Are intentions to change, policy awareness, or health knowledge related to changes in dietary intake following a sugar-sweetened beverage tax in South Africa? A before-and-after study
Authors: Michael Essman, Catherine Zimmer, Francesca Dillman Carpentier, Elizabeth C. Swart, Lindsey Smith Taillie
Published in: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, October 28, 2022 view full text

Examining the news media reaction to a national sugary beverage tax in South Africa: A quantitative content analysis
Authors: Michael Essman, Fernanda Mediano Stoltze, Francesca Dillman Carpentier, Elizabeth C. Swart, Lindsey Smith Taillie
Published in: BMC Public Health, December 2021 view full text

Taxed and untaxed beverage consumption by young adults in Langa, South Africa before and one year after a national sugar-sweetened beverage tax
Authors: Michael Essman, Lindsey Smith Taillie, Tamryn Frank, Shu Wen Ng, Barry M. Popkin, Elizabeth C. Swart
Published in: PLOS Medicine, May 25, 2021 view full text

Sugar-sweetened beverage intake among Chilean preschoolers and adolescents in 2016: A cross-sectional analysis
Authors: Michael Essman, Barry M. Popkin, Camila Corvalán, Marcela Reyes, Lindsey S. Taillie
Published in: Nutrients, November 15 2018 view full text