June 5, 2019
A new STRIPED article, first authored and led by STRIPED trainee and graduate Flora Or, was published examining the risk of children and young adults experiencing serious adverse health events (including death) as a result of using dietary supplements sold for weight loss, muscle building, or energy. Also on the team was STRIPED trainee and graduate Yongjoo Kim. Several news outlets are covering these findings:
- The Harvard Chan School of Public Health press release
- The Washington Post, More parents give dietary supplements to kids. But experts warn about their potential danger.
- New York Times, Supplements for Weight Loss, Sexual Function and Muscle Building May Be Deadly
- NBC News, Teenagers can be seriously harmed by dietary supplements
- MD Magazine, Dietary Supplements Increase Risk of Severe Medical Event
- WBUR, Harvard Study: Supplements For Energy, Weight Loss, Muscle-Building Carry Risk For Youth
- Cosmos Magazine: Diet supplements should never be used by children
- Pew Charitable Trust, Study Ties Some Dietary Supplements to Medical Harms in Children, Young Adults
- Science Daily, Dietary supplements linked with severe health events in children, young adults
- Inverse, 4 Types of Common Dietary Supplements Pose Severe Risks to Young People
- ANI, Dietary supplements pose high health risks in young adults and children
- Nutrition Insight, “Extremely dangerous”: Certain dietary supplements putting young adults at risk, US study warns
April 16, 2019
Bryn Austin was quoted in an article titled, Councilman Wants to Keep Diet Pills Hawked by Cardi B, Kardashians Away from Minors, about the upcoming NYC bill to ban the sale of certain weight-loss supplements to minors in the city.
April 16, 2019
STRIPED Director Bryn Austin was quoted in a People article about the Jameela Jamil- Kardashian feud over the promotion of dangerous detox teas.
April 9, 2019
US Weekly published the article, Harvard Scientist: Jameela Jamil Has Been More Effective Than FDA at Stopping Detox Teas, about an NBC News THINK op-ed written by Dr. Austin.
April 8, 2019
The Harvard Chan School of Public Health posted an article on their website about Bryn Austin’s NBC News THINK piece on the celebrity feud that’s led to headlines about the dangers of detox teas and other dietary supplements.
April 7, 2019
STRIPED Director Bryn Austin published an opinion piece for NBC News THINK titled, “Kim Kardashian-Jameela Jamil feud has done more to expose detox tea lies than the FDA.” She discusses actor Jameela Jamil’s efforts to call out celebrities that are promoting dangerous dietary supplements on social media.
July 12, 2018
Harvard Chan School of Public Health published a piece titled, “Could taxing diet pills keep them out of teens’ hands?.” This article discusses Bryn Austin and Nathan Tefft’s recent study exploring the possible effects of a tax on diet pills.
July 11, 2018
STRIPED Director Bryn Austin did a live broadcast interview on the Sirius XM radio show “Doctor Radio” to discuss the dangers of diet pills and supplements and public health strategies to protect youth. Listen to the interview by visiting the show’s archive site . Sirius XM offers a free 30-day trial!
June 6, 2018
Eileen Francis, reporter for the business publication Informa’s “The Pink Sheet,” published an article on STRIPED’s new study estimating the possible beneficial effect of adding a 20% tax on diet pills.
May 4, 2018
The Harvard School of Public Health published an online article titled”‘Great leaps’ needed in research on prevention of eating disorders” about the recent STRIPED and Harvard Catalyst Eating Disorders Prevention Symposium!
February 20, 2018
Drs. Steven F. Crawford and Harry A. Brandt, co-directors of The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, wrote a commentary on the STRIPED-led collaborative effort to urge the CDC to collect data on on eating disorders with their national surveys. The article, “30 million people will experience eating disorders- the CDC needs to help,” was published in the Capitol Hill paper The Hill.
February 4, 2018
Tom Pasternak, a local pharmacist who testified in support of Massachusetts H. 1195, wrote a piece advocating that harmful products in stores be locked up or moved behind the counter to protect young people. His opinion piece on H.1195, “Detergent pods not the only surprising poison hurting teens,” was published in The Herald News.
January 3, 2018
The dangers of dietary supplements, as well as STRIPED’s work on Massachusetts H. 1195, were outlined in the article, “Les Etats-Unis adorent les pilules,” published in the french newspaper Liberation.
December 28, 2017
STRIPED’s efforts to urge the CDC to monitor eating disorders in the U.S. were outlined in the Baltimore Sun op-ed, “Data Collection Critical to Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders,” written by Dr. Crawford of the Sheppard Pratt Center for Eating Disorders.
November 15, 2017
The journal “Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention” has named the article Accelerating Progress in Eating Disorders Prevention: A Call for Policy Translation Research and Training as one of the top 25 most important articles in the journal’s history. This article explains STRIPED’s strategy to transform the field of eating disorders prevention.
September 26, 2017
STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin weighed in on the negative effects of Photoshop on body image in an Insider article. The article reports that Getty Images has banned from their site photos that have been edited to make women look thinner based on a 2015 law enacted in France to protect the health of models.
August 13, 2017
STRIPED Director S. Bryn Austin is quoted in a Business Insider article. Dr. Austin further outlines the lack of regulation in the supplement industry and the dangerous health risks associated with the likely adulteration of supplements sold as “natural” remedies and weight loss or muscle-building supplements.
July 10, 2017
STRIPED director S. Bryn Austin is quoted in a new article from Business Insider that discusses the health risks associated with supplements that are often used to build muscle, lose weight or increase sexual performance. Dr. Austin explains that many of these supplements contain unlisted ingredients, some of which can be linked to heart attack, stroke, infertility and cancer. You can access the article here.
June 28, 2017
Allegra Gordon, ScD, MPH, STRIPED Postdoctoral Research Fellow, recently published an insightful and informative blog post titled Shining a Light on Gender Identity and Eating Disorders. In her post, Allegra points to research that has identified an increased risk for eating disorders among transgender populations. She presents the key reasons why exploring the links between gender identify and eating disorders should be a top research priority for the near future.
May 30, 2017
A recent article published in the Harvard Chan School’s magazine Harvard Public Health highlights the cultural epidemic of “fat shaming” and its insidious impact on individuals’ mental and physical health. In the article, Monica Kriete, a STRIPED trainee, describes weight stigma as a “…toxic exposure, like air pollution. The more you breathe it in, the more it puts your physical and emotional health at risk.” STRIPED collaborators Erica Kenney and Tracy Richmond and STRIPED Director Bryn Austin are also interviewed. Check out the article here!
May 10, 2017
STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Rachel Rodgers was quoted in this Today Show article on how retail mannequins are unrealistically thin. Read more on how “Most mannequins are still too skinny — and it’s a serious problem” here! Great work, Rachel!
May 8, 2017
France has just published two decrees aimed at protecting the health well-being of fashion models and restricting the alteration of advertisements! Check out this article in the New York Times, which quotes STRIPED research collaborator and founder of the Model Alliance Sara Ziff as well as STRIPED director S. Bryn Austin.
April 24, 2017
STRIPED trainees Katelyn Ferreira and Monica Kriete were featured in the Wall Street Journal! “Why Some Scientists Are Embracing Activism” discusses scientists who are leaders in advocacy. Big congratulations to Monica and Katelyn!
April 14, 2017
STRIPED has just been awarded a new grant from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching for our project Transforming team-learning teaching cases for online platforms: Scaling up an e-learning module development project to expand reach across Harvard and to public health professionals in field settings. With this new grant, STRIPED will work with a multi-disciplinary team to continue to develop a new e-module for delivering teaching cases on-line to public health professionals! Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting project!
April 6, 2017
Members of the STRIPED team traveled to Capitol Hill for Eating Disorders Coalition Advocacy Day!
Advocates encouraged Members of Congress to sign-on to a letter urging Secretary Price to begin the rulemaking process and implement eating disorders provisions included in the 21st Century Cures Act and asked for support for increased funding for eating disorders research in the military and among veterans and civilians. We are excited that STRIPED had the opportunity to advocate with community members from around the country on this important day!
March 16, 2017
February 27, 2017
National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 26-March 4. Get involved and read this blog post by STRIPED director S. Bryn Austin on the importance of strategic science in eating disorders prevention here.
February 2, 2017
Check out these articles in BuzzFeed, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Paste, Seventeen, Fashion Spot, WWD, Huffington Post, Mic, NPR, and from the Harvard Chan School on STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Rachel Rodgers’ new paper on policy translation strategies to address extreme thinness in the fashion industry! Read Dr. Rodgers’ paper published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders here!