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April 21, 2015

Today STRIPED trainee Allegra Gordon presented her dissertation, Gender Expression, Discrimination and Health Among U.S. Adolescents and Young Adults: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. The presentation included findings from two studies examining the relationships between gender and mental and physical health in heterosexual and sexual minority adolescents and young adults as well as an overview of findings from Project Body Talk, a first-of-its-kind qualitative study of disordered weight and shape control behaviors among young transgender women in New England. This exciting dissertation work was partially supported by the STRIPED Dissertation Award in Eating Disorders Prevention Research. Congratulations to Dr. Gordon!

March 27, 2015

STRIPED is translating research into action! Today, a new piece of legislation, which was written by the STRIPED team and will prohibit the sale of dietary supplements marketed for weight loss or muscle building to minors, was filed with the Massachusetts State Legislature. This bill is sponsored by Rep. Kay Khan of Newton, MA, and is a direct result of research and advocacy by the STRIPED team and our community partners, the Multi-service Eating Disorders Association and the Eating Disorders Coalition, on the dangers of these supplements and how to protect young people from unscrupulous marketers. Check out our legislative fact sheet to learn more about what states can do to protect their youth from these harmful supplements.

March 24, 2015

STRIPED Director Dr. Bryn Austin’s letter to the editor was published today in the New York Times. In the letter, Dr. Austin responded to a recent New York Times article on fat talk and called for women and girls to join together to challenge the beauty industry and the toxic ideals it perpetuates.

March 23, 2015

Earlier this month, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, an internationally acclaimed speaker on addictions, gender issues, and the media, presented, “Falling in Love with Food: Advertising and Public Health” at the Harvard Chan School. During her talk, Dr. Kilbourne discussed the food industry’s deliberate exploitation of food addictions and the effects of media on body image and eating disorders in both men and women across the age spectrum. This eye-opening talk, sponsored by STRIPED, the Health Communications Concentration and the Department of Nutrition, reached a wide audience, including students and faculty from across departments and staff from the Longwood Medical Area. Click here to read more!

February 24, 2015

This week’s Sport Science Institute e-newsletter from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) featured the release of our newest STRIPED teaching case, “Weighing the Evidence: One University Takes a Hard Look at Disordered Eating Among Athletes,” with a Q&A between Dr. S. Bryn Austin and STRIPED scholar Dr. Emily Kroshus.  Dr. Kroshus was instrumental in making this teaching case a reality as she wrote the teaching note and was the lead expert in the development of the case story. Through the NCAA e-newsletter, the case will reach athletic trainers, coaches, and others interested in college sport and health from all across the country!

UPDATE: March 10, 2015

STRIPED’s latest teaching case is making waves on campus at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with this article on the NCAA’s promotion of “Weighing the Evidence: One University Takes a Hard Look at Disordered Eating Among Athletes.”

January 16, 2015

This past October, STRIPED trainees and other like-minded groups met with members of Congress and discussed the need for a Dear Colleague letter to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urging a change in the CDC’s publicized information on BMI screening in schools. Only a month later, that letter was sent to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC. On January 16, 2015, Dr. Frieden and the CDC responded with a newly created webpage on the Healthy Youth website, which makes good on the changes advocates recommended. The new webpage now outlines safeguards schools should put in place when conducting BMI screenings and also reiterates that there is insufficient evidence that these screenings are effective in preventing or reducing childhood obesity and may in fact be harmful to students. These changes are a direct result of the dialogue between advocates and members of Congress and are an inspiring example of how advocacy can spark action even at the highest reaches of government!

December 17, 2014

In collaboration with the Eating Disorders Coalition and the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), Beth Mayer, LICSW, Executive Director of MEDA, and STRIPED Director, Dr. S. Bryn Austin, Co-Director, Dr. Christina Roberto, and Affiliated Faculty, Jennifer Pomeranz, JD, MPH, met with Massachusetts Representative Kay Khan and her Legislative Director Emily Szargowicz to discuss steps Massachusetts can take to protect its young people from the deleterious effects of dietary supplements marketed for weight control and muscle building. Click here to learn more about this category of supplements and what states can do prevent harm to their youth.

November 21, 2014

Last week a congressional Dear Colleague letter was sent to Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urging him to establish additional guidelines on in-school BMI screenings. The letter was spearheaded by the Eating Disorder Coalition and signed by 24 members of Congress, STRIPED, and other advocates. Without the presence of properly trained personnel, supportive environments, and accompanying information during in-school BMI screenings, this practice may worsen weight stigma and increase the risk of eating disorders in students. The need for this congressional Dear Colleague letter was described to members of Congress and their legislative aides by STRIPED trainees and other like-minded groups on Capitol Hill during the Eating Disorders Coalition Congressional Lobby Day in October.

October 23, 2014

In response to lobbying efforts by STRIPED and like-minded groups at the Eating Disorders Coalition Congressional Lobby Day on Capitol Hill on October 1, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced just two weeks later a commitment to making important changes to publicized information on BMI screening in schools on the CDC’s website. These changes include adding cautionary language to their online BMI calculator, developing webinars and updating webpage information on BMI screening. These changes are an exciting reflection of the power of advocacy!

October 1, 2014

With the generous support of the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Challenge Fund for Eating Disorders Research, STRIPED offered for the first time travel scholarships for trainees to attend the Eating Disorders Coalition Congressional Lobby Day on Capitol Hill. STRIPED was represented by a diverse group of passionate students, researchers, and clinicians who traveled to meet with members of Congress and their staff to tell them in their own words about the devastating impact of eating disorders and the urgent need for prevention. Putting democracy into action, our team joined like-minded people from all walks of life and from all across the country to convey to our national leaders how urgent the problem of eating disorders is and how vast the suffering and injustice in access to care and evidence-based prevention. We were thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response from STRIPED trainees, eager to get involved in policy advocacy on eating disorders.

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From left to right: (back row) Alvin Tran, Morgan Shields, Nadia Craddock, Sonja Swanson, Kendrin Sonneville STRIPED Collaborating Mentor, Luke Allen, Morgan Redman, Jill Merrigan, Carly Guss, (front row) STRIPED Director Bryn Austin and Co-Director Christina Roberto

September 24, 2014

This September, STRIPED Affiliated Faculty Jennifer Pomeranz was interviewed by Philadelphia’s NPR station WHYY on a recently published article by the STRIPED team about the shady business of dietary supplements marketed for weight control and muscle building and what state governments can do to help better protect youth and consumers of all ages from these too-often dangerous products.

August 4, 2014

Check out STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Kendrin Sonneville’s interview on WBUR Radio’s website about a groundbreaking study by the STRIPED team showing for the first time how cost effective school-based screening for eating disorders could be if screening were done in schools across the country.

May 29, 2014

Congratulations to our newest STRIPED graduates: Grant Barbosa, JD, Kelly Bauer, BA, Samantha Glover, JD, Brigitte Granger, MS, Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH, and Hyungi LeAnn Noh, MS. Kudos to another outstanding STRIPED cohort bringing their talents to bear on eating disorders prevention!

May 27, 2014

Congratulations to STRIPED doctoral student Allegra Gordon for receiving the Harvard School of Public Health 2013-14 Teaching Assistant Recognition Award, the school’s highest honor for outstanding teaching assistants. Stellar work, Allegra!

May 24, 2014

STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Kendrin Sonneville and Consulting Expert Michael Long taught STRIPED’s teaching case “‘The Governor Is Very Interested': Or, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for School Health Screenings” to students enrolled in the Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program (GCSRT) on May 24th. Students in the GCSRT program hail from 22 nations around the world and are all faculty-level clinicians working in clinical research in their respective countries. The teaching case, developed by the STRIPED team, including Collaborating Mentor in Health Economics Mihail Samnaliev and Case Writer Eric Weinberger, combines learning objectives on eating disorders prevention with an introduction to principles of cost-effectiveness analysis. Check out this case and others from STRIPED here. The STRIPED teaching case development program is supported by the Ellen Feldberg Gordon Challenge Fund for Eating Disorders Research and U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau/HRSA training grant MC00001.

August 6, 2013

STRIPED in Harvard Chan School News: STRIPED is featured on the Harvard Chan School homepage in a story about the need to make eating disorders prevention a higher priority on the public health agenda.

July 23, 2013

STRIPED in the Harvard Chan School Summer Hot Topics Series: Check out Dr. Austin’s talk “Getting Eating Disorders Prevention on the Public Health Agenda” about STRIPED and our wide-ranging work at the school and beyond.

July 15, 2013

STRIPED in the Boston Globe: Dr. Calzo was featured in a Globe editorial about the need for schools to do more to address eating disorders among students, especially male students.

July 13, 2013

STRIPED debuts in the Huffington Post: Highlighting the links between obesity and eating disorders, this article lauds STRIPED for our innovative approach to tackling these thorny issues.

April 22, 2012

STRIPED in the SAVOR blog: Dr. Sonneville wrote about dieting among children as a guest blogger for the SAVOR: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life blog.

March 9, 2012

STRIPED in Patch.com: Dr. Austin was interviewed for an article addressing eating disorders, obesity, and the Massachusetts legislative briefing on eating disorders screening in high schools.

April 14, 2010

STRIPED in two podcasts with Dr. Austin and Dr. Kelly Brownell, Director of the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, discussing strategies for preventing disordered weight control behaviors and the reasons why eating disorders prevention will be crucial to efforts to curb the increasing rates of obesity.

September 3, 2007

STRIPED in an interview with Dr. Austin discussing Planet Health, an obesity prevention program for middle schools, and its protective effect in reducing disordered weight control behaviors in girls.