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.
Risk Factors for Adolescent Binge Eating Vary By Family Socioeconomic Status
A Project EAT study co-authored by Professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer shows food insecurity and other risk factors are linked to binge eating in adolescents from low socioeconomic groups.
Diet Generally Improves as Adolescents Age into Young Adulthood
Findings from a study by postdoctoral researcher Mary Christoph show that dietary intake of vegetables and whole grains is improving as youth age into young adults.
Unhealthy Weight-Control Practices Can Persist and Intensify in Adulthood
The Project EAT study found that over time the rates of dieting increase for both men and women — and extreme forms of weight control, such as purging and using diet pills, went up for men.
Family Meals Good Not Only for Kids, But Parents, Too
New findings from the School of Public Health’s ongoing Project EAT study show that parents who frequently eat with their families report increased emotional health and higher quality nutrition.
New study details traits and dietary intake of young adults who value gluten-free food
Postdoctoral fellow Mary Christoph found that choosing gluten-free food was related to valuing certain food production practices, healthy lifestyle behaviors, and healthy and unhealthy weight goals.
Nearly all adolescents have eating, activity or weight-related issues
Project EAT research led by Professor Dianne Neumark-Sztainer revealed that only two percent of females and just seven percent of males surveyed never had an eating, activity or weight-related problem between adolescence and adulthood.