HCPE News

A selection of news items written by or involving HCPE faculty members.



April 04, 2014

Fast food calorie labeling was rolled out to help consumers make better food choices. But many behavior scientists suggest the information isn't influencing us nor are they helping to reduce obesity. Brian Elbel, PhD, says there is no evidence showing nutritional labels listed on fast food items is causing Americans to choose items that are lower in calories, salt, and fat.


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March 21, 2014

Brian Elbel, PhD, writes about the U. S. Food and Drug Administration announcement of long awaited proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel, and the key questions behind the proposed changes.


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January 03, 2014

By the end of next year, the Food and Drug Administration will require vending machine operators to post calorie counts on five million machines across the country. The new labeling regulation is part of the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act and will require vending machine owners to comply within the year. Brian Elbel, PhD, is quoted.


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December 30, 2013

Brian Elbel, PhD, is quoted about the effectiveness of calorie labeling.


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December 10, 2013

Now that the mayor’s final term is coming to a close, statisticians are starting to weigh in on his legacy of aggressive measures designed to improve the health of the city’s residents. Their conclusion, from the past 12 years of data, could be summed up as “yes, but it’s complicated.” Brian Elbel, PhD, comments on what impact some of the measures have had on calorie consumption.


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