Policy & Public Health Practice

Okoya FT*, Santoso M*, Raffoul A, Atallah MA, Austin SB. Weak regulations threaten the safety of consumers from harmful weight-loss supplements globally: Results from a pilot global policy scan. Public Health Nutrition. 2023;26(9):1917-1924. (Abstract). *Joint first authors. This paper reports the results of a study led by STRIPED trainee Funmbi Okoya and co-authored with Visiting Scholar Maya Azar Atallah.

Raffoul A, Turner SL, Salvia MG, Austin SB. Population-level policy recommendations for the prevention of disordered weight control behaviors: A scoping review. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2023;56(8):1463-1479. (Abstract). 

Costello N, Sutton R, Jones M, Raffoul A, Ojumu O, Salvia M, Santoso M, Kavanaugh JR, Austin SB. Algorithms, addiction, and adolescent mental health: An interdisciplinary study to inform state-level policy action to protect youth from the dangers of social media. American Journal of Law and Medicine (In press). This paper reports the results of a collaborative study including STRIPED trainees Dunni Ojumu and Meg Salvia, along with Michigan State collaborating mentor Nancy Costello and law trainees Rebecca Sutton and Madeline Jones.

Tschampl CA, Lee M, Raffoul A, Santoso M, Austin SB. Economic value of initial implementation activities for proposed ban on sales of over-the-counter diet pills and muscle-building supplements to minors. AJPM Focus. 2023;2(3):100103. (Abstract). This paper reports the results of a study by Brandeis University collaborator Cynthia Tschampl and including STRIPED trainee May Lee.

Long MW, Ward Z, Wright D, Rodriguez P, Tefft N, Austin SB. Cost-effectiveness of five public health approaches to prevent eating disorders. American Journal of Preventative Medicine. 2022;63(6):935-943 .(Abstract).

Velasquez K, Ivie A, Fegely SR, Raffoul A, Vitagliano J, Roberto CA, Austin SB. Dietary supplements for weight loss: Legal basis for excise tax and other government action to protect consumers from a public health menace. American Journal of Law and Medicine. 2022; 48(1):38-53. (Article).

Rodgers RF, Ziff S, Lowy AS, Austin SB. Stakeholder attitudes towards fashion policy in the U.S.: Strategic research for the protection of models and prevention of body image and eating concerns. Critical Public Health. 2022;32(3):413-421. (Abstract). STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Rachel Rodgers worked closely with STRIPED Trainee Alice Lowy on this research.

Negowetti N and Ambwani S (joint first authors), Karr S, Rodgers RF, Austin SB. Digging up the dirt on ‘clean’ dietary labels: Public health considerations and opportunities for increased federal oversight. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2022;55(1):39-48. (Abstract). This paper reports the results of a study led by STRIPED Fellow Suman Ambwani in collaboration with Trainee Stefani Karr and Collaborating Mentor Rachel Rodgers.

Clark O, Lee MM, Jingree ML, O’Dwyer E, Yue Y, Marrero A, Tamez M, Bhupathiraju SN, Mattei J. Weight Stigma and Social Media: Evidence and Public Health Solutions. Frontiers in Nutrition. 2021; 8:739056. (Article). This paper reports the results of a study led by STRIPED Faculty Josiemer Mattei.

Lin JA, Hartman-Munick SM, Kells MR, Milliren, CE, Slater, WA, Woods ER, Forman SF, Richmond, TK. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the number of adolescents/young adults seeking eating disorder-related care. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021;69(4):660-663. (Article). This paper reports the results of a study led by STRIPED Faculty Tracy Richmond.

Rose KL, Evans EW, Sonneville KR, Richmond T. The set point: weight destiny established before adulthood? Current Opinions in Pediatrics. 2021;33(4):368-372. (Abstract). This paper reports the results of a study by STRIPED Trainee Kelsey Rose, Collaborating Mentor Kendrin Sonneville, and Faculty Tracy Richmond. 

Raffoul A, Williams L. Integrating Health at Every Size principles into adolescent care. Current Opinions in  Pediatrics. 2021;33(4):361-367. (Abstract). This paper reports the results of a study led by STRIPED faculty Amanda Raffoul and Visiting Scholar Lesley Williams. 

Hazzard VM, Simone M, Austin SB, Larson N, Neumark-Sztainer D. Diet pill and laxative use for weight control predicts first-time receipt of an eating disorder diagnosis within the next 5 years among female adolescents and young adults. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2021;54(7):1289-1294 (Abstract).

Sharp KJ, Vitagliano JA, Weitzman ER, Fitzgerald S, Dahlberg SE, Austin SB. Monitoring peer-to-peer, social media communication by military personnel about dietary supplements used for weight loss and sports performance: A pilot content analysis of 11 years of posts on the Reddit platform. JMIR Formative Research. 2021;5(10):e28957. (Article). This paper reports the results of a study led by STRIPED Trainee Kendall Sharp in collaboration with Advocacy Campaign Manager Julia Vitagliano. 

Gordon AR, Austin SB, Schultz J, Guss CE, Calzo JP, Wang ML. Gender expression, peer victimization, and disordered weight-control behaviors among U.S. high school students. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2021;68(6):1148-1154 (Abstract).

Rodriguez PJ, Ward ZJ, Long MW, Austin SB, Wright DR. Applied methods for estimating transition probabilities from electronic health record data. Medical Decision Making. 2021;41(2):143-52 (Abstract).

Rodgers RF, Ziff S, Lowy AS, Austin SB. Disordered eating behaviors and sexual objectification during New York Fashion Week: Implementation of industry policies and legislation. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2021;54(3):433-437 (Article). STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Rachel Rodgers worked closely with STRIPED Trainee Alice Lowy on this research.

Chua SN, Fitzsimmons-Craft E, Austin SB, Wilfley DE, Taylor CB. Estimated prevalence of eating disorders in Singapore. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2021;54(1):7-18 (Article).

Hart LM, Ferreira KB, Ambwani S, Gibson EB, Austin SB. Developing Expert Consensus on How to Address Weight Stigma in Public Health Research and Practice: A Delphi Study. Stigma and Health. 2021;6(1):79–89 (Abstract).

Ziobrowski HN, Buka SL, Austin SB, Sullivan AJ, Horton NJ, Simone M, Field AE. Using latent class analysis to empirically classify maltreatment according to the developmental timing, duration, and co-occurrence of abuse types. Child Abuse & Neglect. 2020;107:104574 (Abstract).

Gibson EB, Johnston M, Gooding H, Dede C, Phelps-Coco A, Lin K, Levinson JA, Austin SB. Delivering case method teaching through online platforms: Adapting active learning techniques and maximizing learner engagement. Educational Designer. 2020;3(12): 1-24 (Article).

Yergaliyev KA, Aveling EL, Lee RM, Austin SB. Lessons for local policy initiatives to address dietary supplement use among adolescents: A qualitative study of stakeholders’ perceptions. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020;67(4):550-556 (Abstract).

Solazzo AL, Geller AC, Hay JL, Ziyadeh NJ, Charlton BM, Frazier  AL, Austin SB. Indoor ultraviolet tanning among U.S. adolescents and young adults: Results from a prospective study of early onset and persistence. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2020;67(4):609-611. (Abstract).

Hart LM, Gordon AR, Sarda V, Calzo JP, Sonneville KR, Samnaliev M, Austin SB. The association of disordered eating with health-related quality of life in U.S. young adults and effect modification by gender. Quality of Life Research. 2020;29(5):1203-1215. (Abstract). This project was led by STRIPED Research Fellow Laura Hart.

Ambwani S, Shippe M, Gao Z, Austin SB. Is #cleaneating a healthy or harmful dietary strategy? Perceptions of clean eating and associations with disordered eating among young adults. Journal of Eating Disorders. 2019;7(1):17 (Article). This project was led by STRIPED Research Fellow Suman Ambwani.

Ward ZJ, Rodriguez P, Wright DR, Austin SB, Long MW. Estimation of eating disorders prevalence by age and associations with mortality in a simulated nationally representative US cohort. JAMA Network Open. 2019;2(10):e1912925 (Abstract).

Levinson, JA, Sarda V, Sonneville K, Calzo JP, Ambwani S, Austin SB. Diet pill and laxative use for weight control and subsequent incident eating disorder in US young women: 2001–2016. American Journal of Public Health. 2019;e1-e3 (Abstract).

Austin SB, Hutcheson R, Wickramatilake-Templeman S, Velasquez K. The second wave of public policy advocacy for eating disorders: Charting the course to maximize population impact. Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 2019;42:319-336 (Abstract).

Austin SB, Liu SH, Tefft N. Could a tax on unhealthy products sold for weight loss reduce consumer use? A novel estimation of potential taxation effects. Preventative Medicine. 2018;114(Sep):39-46 (Abstract). STRIPED trainee Selena Hua Liu was an integral part of this study team. This article was supported by a Feeding Hope Fund grant from the National Eating Disorders Association.

Kenney EL, Wintner S, Lee RM, Austin SB. Obesity prevention interventions in US public schools: Are schools using programs that promote weight stigma? Preventing Chronic Disease. 2017;14:E142. (Article). This article evaluating public schools’ use of  evidence-based obesity prevention programs vs. weight-stigmatizing programs reports the results of research led by STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Erica Kenney and supported by a STRIPED Early Career Development Award. Kenney answered questions about this study on the CDC podcast titled “PCD Sound Bites.”

Rodgers RF, Ziff S, Lowy AS, Yu K, Austin SB. Results of a strategic science study to inform policies targeting extreme thinness standards in the fashion industry. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2017;50(3):284-292 (Abstract). 

Austin SB, Yu K, Tran A, Mayer B. Research-to-policy translation for prevention of disordered weight and shape control behaviors: A case example targeting dietary supplements sold for weight loss and muscle building. Eating Behaviors. 2017;25(Apr):9-14. (Abstract)

Puhl RM, Neumark-Sztainer D, Austin SB, Suh Y, Wakefield DB. Policy actions to address weight-based bullying and eating disorders in schools: Views of teachers and school administrators. Journal of School Health. 2016;88(7):507-515. (Abstract)

Kulkarni A & Huerto R (joint first authors), Roberto CA, Austin SB. Leveraging corporate social responsibility to improve consumer safety of dietary supplements sold for weight loss and muscle building. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2016;7(1):92-97. (Abstract) This study in Translational Behavioral Medicine was led by STRIPED trainees Anvita Kulkarni and Ryan Huerto for a STRIPED practicum on corporate social responsibility. Anvita and Ryan were mentored by Christina Roberto and STRIPED director S. Bryn Austin.

Austin SB. Accelerating progress in eating disorders prevention: A call for policy translation research and training. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. 2015;16: 1-14. (Article)

Wright DR, Austin SB, Noh HL, Jiang Y, Sonneville KR. The cost-effectiveness of school-based eating disorders screening. American Journal of Public Health. 2014;104(9):1774-1782. (Abstract) This paper in the American Journal of Public Health  reports the results of a study led by STRIPED Collaborating Mentor Davene Wright working with trainees LeAnn Noh and Yushan Jiang.

Puhl R, Neumark-Sztainer D, Austin SB, Luedicke J, King KM. Setting policy priorities to address eating disorders and weight stigma: Views from the field of eating disorders and the U.S. general public. BMC Public Health. 2014;14(1):524. (Article)

Garnett BR, Buelow R, Franko DL, Becker C, Rogers RF, Austin SB. The importance of campaign saliency as a predictor of attitude and behavior change: A pilot evaluation of social marketing campaign Fat Talk Free Week®. Health Communication. 2014;29(10):984-995. (Abstract) Bernice Garnett, ScD, was our second doctoral graduate from STRIPED. While a doctoral student with STRIPED, Bernice led our evaluation of the social marketing campaign Fat Talk Free Week® carried out on college campuses. This paper in Health Communication reports the results of our evaluation.

Austin SB, Penfold RB, Johnson RL, Haines J, Forman S. Clinician identification of youth abusing over-the-counter products for weight control in a large U.S. integrated health system. Journal of Eating Disorders. 2013;1:40. (Article)

Roberto CA, Haynos AF, Schwartz BS, Brownell KD, White MA. Calorie estimation accuracy and menu labeling perceptions among individuals with and without binge eating and/or purging disorders. Eating and Weight Disorders- Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity. 2013;18(3):255-261. (Abstract)

Martinez OD, Roberto CA, Kim JH, Schwartz MB, Brownell KD. A survey of undergraduate student perceptions and use of nutrition information labels in a university dining hall. Health Education Journal. 2013;72:319-325. (Abstract)

Austin SB, Sonneville KR. Closing the “know-do” gap: Training public health professionals in eating disorders prevention via case-method teaching. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2013;46(5): 533-537. (Abstract)

Austin SB. A public health approach to eating disorders prevention: It’s time for public health professionals to take a seat at the table. BMC Public Health. 2012;12(1):854. (Publication)

Austin SB. The blind spot in the drive for childhood obesity prevention: Bringing eating disorders prevention into focus as a public health priority. American Journal of Public Health. 2011;101(6):e1-4. (Abstract)