The dangers of ignoring the other epidemic during the COVID-19 pandemic

Jason Block contributes his public health expertise to this op-ed in The Washington Post on the acute (and chronic) risks of ignoring the obesity issue in the U.S. “The reason obesity is so stigmatized is that people think of weight as a choice . . . It’s especially unfair when we have a society that … Continue reading “The dangers of ignoring the other epidemic during the COVID-19 pandemic”

Ethical considerations of food and beverage warnings; weighing the pros and cons

Harvard Bell Fellow Anna Grummon, PhD, and colleagues (including Harvard Pop Center faculty members Jason Block and Sara Bleich) evaluate the ethical strengths and weaknesses of food and beverage warnings (aimed to help prevent obesity and improve health) by looking through the lens of a public health ethics framework. Their findings are published in the … Continue reading “Ethical considerations of food and beverage warnings; weighing the pros and cons”

Jason Block comments on US Preventative Services Task Force’s recently revised recommendations on tackling childhood obesity

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Jason Block, MD, and a colleague pen this Editorial in JAMA, sharing their thoughts on the screening, treatment and prevention of childhood obesity in the US. The new recommendations by the expert panel, as well as the Editorial in JAMA, is explored in this piece by the LA Times. Photo:  Gaulsstin on … Continue reading “Jason Block comments on US Preventative Services Task Force’s recently revised recommendations on tackling childhood obesity”

Eliminating ‘food deserts’ not a panacea for improving diet quality & reducing disparities

Harvard Pop Center faculty members Jason Block, MD, and SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, have co-authored a paper published in PLOS Medicine that suggests that when it comes reducing dietary disparities and improving dietary quality in the U.S. there are more effective strategies than increasing access to healthy foods (eliminating ‘food deserts’). Learn more in this … Continue reading “Eliminating ‘food deserts’ not a panacea for improving diet quality & reducing disparities”

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?”

Pop Center-affiliated Researchers Weigh In on Potential Benefits of Calorie Labeling in Restaurants

Pop Center RWJF Scholar Christina Roberto, PhD, and affiliated faculty member Jason Block, MD, have co-authored a Viewpoint published in JAMA in which they discuss the reasons why many public health advocates support menu labeling.