Many people have turned to comfort eating due to the loneliness imposed by numerous lockdowns and worries of contracting coronavirus and even grieving its victims.
However, experts noted recently attributed six poor eating habits to the coronavirus pandemic. . . .
—Read more at the Science Times 4/14/21
“Health wearables, per se, are not the solution to solve obesity, being overweight, or chronic disease,” said lead author Zan Gao, an associate professor in the University of Minnesota’s School of Kinesiology and HWRC affiliate faculty. “They are simply tools.”
— Read more: HealthDay 3/22/2021
Jayne Fulkerson (HWRC affiliated faculty) is one of eleven faculty at the School of Nursing elected as Distinguished Fellows of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Nursing, the most ever in the School of Nursing’s history. The prestigious honor acknowledges their outstanding achievements and recognizes them as leaders in the profession.
—School of Nursing News & Events 3/19/2021
Zan Gao, Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and HWRC Affiliated Faculty, said the devices were effective at motivating people by “providing constant reminders to get up and move to achieve these goals, which promotes self-monitoring and self-regulation.”
— Science 3/17/2021
. . . School of Public Health Assistant Professor Katherine Arlinghaus and Professor Melissa Laska (HWRC Affiliate Faculty and Co-director respectively) recently outlined the need for more food insecurity research that looks specifically at how it’s intertwined with parent feeding practices in a paper published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
—Read more at SPH News 2/26/21.
“The Family Matters Study aims to identify momentary factors, such as stressors or hassles, that can impede a parent’s decision-making process around feeding their families healthy foods. If we can find ways to intervene on these stressors, we will be able to help parents make good food choices for their families in the face of stress” said Jerica Berge, professor at the U of M Medical School, principal investigator of the study, and HWRC Affiliate Faculty.
—Read more at UGA TODAY 2/23/2021.
“We’ve seen obesity rates rise over time. To me, this is a reflection of our investment in community and population health,” said Tamara Dubowitz, senior policy researcher at RAND Corporation. “This is about a society that is not creating a solid [food] infrastructure for all people.”
Read more at Pittsburgh Quarterly 02/17/2021.
Catherine Kotz, professor in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology and HWRC Affiliated Faculty (as well as Co-director of the MnOPT Training Program), has been named the new president of The Obesity Society, the leading organization devoted to understanding and reversing the epidemic of obesity and its adverse health, economic and societal effects.
Jerica Berge, UMN Professor and HWRC Affiliated Faculty, is 1 of 10 finalists:
The Prize Committee of the 2nd Edition of the Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA) has selected 10 promising mid-career Researchers for their innovative approach on Alimentation, the umbrella term for sustainable eating and drinking practices that contribute to the health of individuals. The laureate will be announced after the Jury decision in April 2021. Read more here: WEBWIRE 2/5/2021.
The American Physiological Society (APS) and InsideScientific websites will continue to have all obesity webinar series content available for on-demand viewership during the next several months (Jan–Mar 2021) free of charge. You may access these events and share content with your colleagues or students.
• Brain Circuits Driving Appetite
• Utilizing Stable Isotope Tracers in Preclinical Models of Obesity
• Calories, Carbs or Quality? What Matters Most for Body Weight
• Heterogeneity and Crosstalk of Human Brown Adipose Tissue
• Cravings and Weightlifting Squats: Technologies that Explore New Metabolic and Behavioral Research
• Mitochondrial Membrane Lipids and Respiratory Efficiency
• Animal Model Selection, Study Design and Current Trends in Preclinical Obesity Research
• Anti-obesity Pharmacotherapy: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?
• The Obesity Epidemic: How Basic and Translational Research are Paving the Way to Improve Health
• Why Is Bariatric Surgery So Effective?