Nearly one in four young people experience food insecurity from adolescence to adulthood
The study was completed by researcher Nicole Larson prior to the economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, which likely has increased the extent and severity of food insecurity in the U.S.
Food insecurity raised risk for disordered eating in low-income adolescents
The study led by PhD student Laura Hooper surveyed a group of diverse, low socioeconomic status adolescents and found that 39% experienced household food insecurity and 43% reported disordered eating.
Yoga practice common among young adults who have experienced trauma
Professor and yoga instructor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer found that 40% of young people report experiencing traumatic events, such as abuse or discrimination, and offers guidance for yoga students and teachers.
Intuitive eating during teenage years linked to better mental health and eating behaviors in adulthood
Professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer co-authored a study that showed adolescents who regulated how much they ate based on feelings of hunger and fullness were found to experience less depressive symptoms, low self-esteem, body dissatisfaction, and other related health issues in adulthood.
Child participation in organized activities interferes with family meals
The study by researcher Nicole Larson revealed parents who said they experienced moderate to high interference with having family meals also reported lower family meal frequency, greater difficulty scheduling family meals, and more fast-food intake.
Disordered eating in adolescence linked to higher BMI levels in adulthood
Postdoctoral fellow Cynthia Yoon led the study which showed that adolescents who engaged in two or more disordered eating behaviors, such as frequent dieting, had higher BMI levels in adulthood than those who did not use those behaviors.
Body dissatisfaction begins before adolescence, remains constant into adulthood
The Project EAT study co-authored by Professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer found that 95% of those surveyed experienced nearly constant levels of high or low body dissatisfaction from adolescence into adulthood.
Study ties harmful body comments in adolescence to substance use in adulthood
Postdoctoral researcher Melissa Simone found that girls who used unhealthy weight-control behaviors and experienced the harms of weight stigma during adolescence were likely to use substances as adults.
Weight-based teasing harms youth from immigrant communities in same ways as those from non-immigrant communities
A Project EAT study by adjunct faculty Marla Eisenberg found that up to 43 percent of adolescents surveyed reported being teased by family members about their weight.
Many young adults value sustainably produced foods, leading to healthier food choices
A Project EAT study co-authored by researcher Nicole Larson shows sustainable diet practices are related to more frequent preparation of meals with vegetables and multiple markers of better diet quality, such as higher intake of fruits and vegetables.