Did the sweetened beverage tax actually put people out of work?

According to a new study that includes our faculty member Sara Bleich and former Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Christina Roberto as authors, there was not an uptick in unemployment claims in the year following the implementation of the sweetened beverage tax in Philadelphia.

Calorie labeling found to impact those with eating disorders in different ways

A study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders by former RWJF Health & Society Scholar Christina Roberto, PhD, reveals that when ordering food from a menu with calorie labeling, those who suffer anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa were more likely to order significantly fewer calories, whereas those who suffer from binge eating disorder were … Continue reading “Calorie labeling found to impact those with eating disorders in different ways”

Believing that foods can be addictive is associated with supporting obesity-related public policies

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, is an author on a study in Preventive Medicine that suggests that if certain foods can be shown to be addictive, it may be an effective way to strengthen obesity-related policy support. Photo: Patrick Q on Flickr

Christina Roberto in NYT “Labeling the Danger in Soda”

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, shares findings of her recently published study in Pediatrics on the influence and effectiveness of warning labels on sweetened beverages in this New York Times piece.

Seeds for new book on behavioral economics planted at Pop Center

Congratulations to Pop Center faculty member Ichiro Kawachi and former Harvard RWJF Health & Society program scholar Christina Roberto on the publication of their book Behavioral Economics and Public Health. This is the first book to apply the groundbreaking insights of behavioral economics to the persisting problems of health behaviors and behavior change. Seed funding … Continue reading “Seeds for new book on behavioral economics planted at Pop Center”

How can we better link scholarship to policy?

The disconnect between the evidence provided by research and the successful use of that evidence to create policy is the topic of a recent Lancet article written by former RWJF scholar Christina Roberto. Roberto and her co-author propose a 4-step Strategic Science model to improve the translation of research into policy.

Study suggests connection between emotion regulation difficulties & symptoms of anorexia

Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, is co-author on a study published in Comprehensive Psychiatry that supports a growing literature that find a positive association between emotion regulation deficits and eating disorder symptoms in anorexia nervosa. The study suggests that certain individuals with anorexia could benefit by developing some emotion … Continue reading “Study suggests connection between emotion regulation difficulties & symptoms of anorexia”

Christina Roberto in the news on reframing obesity debate

In this article in MedicalXpress, Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alumna Christina Roberto, PhD, (who was lead author of this recent article in a special series of The Lancet devoted to obesity) shares insights into the complex relationship between individuals and their environments.

How can global obesity epidemic be reversed? A call for “smart food policies.”

Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar program alumna and current Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty member Christina Roberto, PhD, is lead author of a paper that is one in a six-part series devoted to obesity in The Lancet. The paper has received much attention in the press including articles in Harvard Gazette, … Continue reading “How can global obesity epidemic be reversed? A call for “smart food policies.””

Does income level have impact on one’s response to calorie menu labeling?

Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty member Jason Block, MD, MPH, and former Harvard RWJF scholar Christina Roberto, PhD, have published a Reply in JAMA in response to a letter that raises the issue of calorie labeling across socioeconomic backgrounds. The letter was in response to their September 3 Viewpoint entitled “Potential Benefits of Calorie Labeling … Continue reading “Does income level have impact on one’s response to calorie menu labeling?”