gradPSYCH staff 4questions for psychology’s obesity expert
If Yale University psychologist Kelly Brownell, PhD, has his way, super-size sodas will be a relic of the past. Regulating the
size of sodas is just one of the policy changes Brownell supports
based on his extensive research on the causes of America’s obesity
Brownell — who brought his message to millions on the
popular HBO miniseries “The Weight of the Nation” — answers
your questions about the psychology behind obesity.
What would it take for New York’s plans
to ban super-size sugary drinks to go
—Rachel Manes, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
What happens in New York City matters. History shows that
other cities, then states, and finally the federal government
take action once some courageous player goes first. I expect
initiatives such as limiting portion sizes, restricting children’s food
marketing and taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages will be routine
in a few years.