Nutrition

Up in Smoke: How Cigarette Taxes Affect Public Assistance Enrollment

Policymakers use tax penalties and incentives as a mechanism to modify the public’s behavior. Cigarette taxes are one of the...

Are Improved Nutritional Outcomes and a Robust Agricultural Sector Mutually Exclusive? Case Study Findings from the Developing World

Recent East African and South Asian stakeholder research has helped shed light on the thorny relationship between food security and nutritional policymaking in the developing world. Though findings point to a need for action on several fronts, addressing data disconnects in each of the six case study countries remains vital.

Show Me the Calories? Calorie Counts on Menu Boards May Not Impact Consumer Choice in Restaurants

A new study finds that posting calorie counts on menu boards in fast food restaurants increases awareness of information but does not impact long-term purchasing decisions.

If You Build It, They Won’t Come: Why Eliminating Food Deserts Won’t Close the Nutrition Gap

A recent study finds that nutritional differences across socioeconomic groups are not well explained by access to healthy foods.

GMOs: Where the Science Stands on Nutrition and Agricultural Advancement

A survey of literature shows that, while GMOs are overwhelmingly beneficial to farmers, consumers, and the environment, policy precautions should be taken to prevent poor land management practices.

Editor’s Note: A Review of the Science and Practices behind Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically modified foods have become ubiquitous, but many people distrust the corporations behind them. This makes it difficult to know who to believe in the debate over the future of GM products. In this series, we review science and industry practices to address the most common sources of confusion.

Too Much or Not Enough? Rethinking School Breakfast Programs

Research suggests that school breakfast programs may be falling short of the goal to provide universal access to a nutritional morning meal and may be contributing to unhealthy amounts of food intake.

India’s Midday Meal Program: A Safety Net for Children’s Health

India’s Midday Meal Program provides a cushion for children’s health during times of drought and economic shock.

Obesity at Home: How Parental Employment Can Negatively Impact Family Nutrition

The impact of working parents is linked to an increased risk of childhood obesity.

How Sweets, SNAP, and Stress Affect Childhood Obesity

A study examines prenatal risk factors among low-income Hispanic mothers that may lead to childhood obesity.

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