Steinhardt Faculty Member Lisa Young Speaks Out About Soda and Obesity

Lisa Young, a nutritionist and adjunct faculty member at NYU Steinhardt, gave expert testimony at a public hearing on Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on selling sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in New York City.

“I think it is time to return to more reasonable sizes,” said Young, of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health. “We have grown accustomed to oversize portions, and we have come to expect them.”

Young co-authored the paper, The Contribution of Expanding Portion Sizes to the US Obesity Epidemic, which found that portion sizes are now two to five times larger than in the 1950s.

At the hearing, Young noted that a KFC super-sized soda is one-third of an individual’s daily calorie allotment.

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