Stop Using BMI to Determine Health – DiSH research featured in NPR & LA Times!

by Erin

Check out the NPR Interview & LA Times articles! Last week, Dr. T, DiSH Collaborator Jeff Hunger, DiSH Lab Manager Jolene Nguyen-Cuu, and UCLA statistician Christine Wells published a really important paper in the International Journal of Obesity; as it turns out, one of the most common measures of population health, Body Mass Index (BMI), […]

DiSH Lab at SPSP 2016!

by Erin

This past weekend, the DiSH lab attended the 17th Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Convention in San Diego, CA. We’re extremely proud of how well we were represented at this conference – we had undergraduates, lab managers, graduate students, DiSH Collaborators, and of course, Dr. T. all in attendance! On Thursday, Jan. […]

Gut Feelings: Erin’s Experience at #SSEW2015

by Erin

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the COAST/SSEW (Sugar, Stress, Environment, and Weight) Annual Symposium at UCSF with Dr. T. The theme of the symposium was “Gut Feelings: The microbiome, the mind, and metabolic health”, so all of the speakers were leading researchers and policymakers in the field of microbiome research. Before attending […]

DiSH Research in a Special Feature on Informing Policy Initiatives!

by Erin

“Psychology has so much to offer policymakers, so I’m beyond excited to be part of this super exciting lineup designed to read like Memos to the President.” – Dr. T. This week, Perspectives on Psychological Science published a special section on “Council of Psychological Science Advisors”. A selection of papers (including one from Dr. T & DiSH […]

Patricia RA Blogs: My Summer at the Cornell Food & Brand Lab

by Erin

My summer internship at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab was definitely one of a kind. Dr. Brian Wansink has been my favorite researcher since the day I read his study on the Bottomless Soup Bowls (which, of course, was introduced by Dr. T in her Fiat Lux class!). With enough stalking, I found out […]

Congratulations, Hien!

by Erin

We are very pleased to announce that one of our dedicated RAs, Hien Huynh, got accepted to UCSD’s prestigious Skaggs School of Pharmacy! She just began her first term, and we’re confident that she’ll be hugely successful. We’ll miss seeing Hien around the lab, but we’re all very proud of her accomplishments!

BMI Can Be Misleading – But How Often Is It?

by Erin

In the past few years, BMI (Body Mass Index) has come under a lot of fire for being an inaccurate measure of health. Because BMI only takes height and weight into account, an individual with a low body fat percentage but high muscle mass could be categorized as overweight or obese according to BMI. Similarly, an individual […]

Michelle Obama’s Advice on Childhood Obesity & Body Image

by Erin

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and recently First Lady Michelle Obama spoke with AOL.com about nutrition, exercise, and her own family’s experience with adopting a healthy lifestyle. She makes a lot of interesting points in the interview, and, most notably, touches on how parents can encourage their children to maintain a healthy weight […]

Rather than Focusing on Weight, Focus on Actual Indicators of Health

by Erin

In a Letter to the Editor, Dr. T and DiSH lab collaborator Jeff Hunger respond to an article recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, “Probability of an obese person attaining normal body weight: cohort study using electronic health records” (Fildes et al., 2015). In the original article, authors discuss the relatively low […]

Dr. T Talks to GLASS about the Biological Link Between Body-Shaming and Obesity

by Erin

This coming Friday (Sept. 11), Dr. T will be giving a talk to middle and elementary-school students at the New Roads School about the psychological and biological consequences of body shaming. She was invited to speak by the GLASS (Girls Learning Achieving and Succeeding in Science) organization on the New Roads campus, which is a program intended […]