Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at UConn

The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting solutions to childhood obesity, poor diet, and weight bias through research and policy.


Since its inception, the Rudd Center has been clearly established UCONN location for webin both national and international circles as the place where science and public policy intersect, where new and constructive dialogue takes place, and where innovation linked to action is a guiding philosophy.  Ranked as one of the highest-performing childhood nutrition and health non-profit organizations in the country, the expertise and resources provided by the Rudd Center have been established through creative, collaborative relationships with institutions and individuals with expertise in the many areas relevant to food policy and obesity. These include but are not limited to economics, law, politics, medicine, nutrition, public health, public policy, media, and community organizing. For more information about the Rudd Center, please visit our website at


Course Director: Rebecca Puhl

UnknownRebecca Puhl is Deputy Director for the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity and Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UConn. Dr. Puhl is responsible for identifying and coordinating research and policy efforts aimed at reducing weight bias.

Dr. Puhl earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University. She has conducted research on weight bias for 15 years and has published numerous studies on weight-based bullying in youth, weight bias in health care and the media, interventions to reduce weight bias, and the impact of weight stigma on emotional and physical health. Dr. Puhl has testified in state legislative hearings on weight bias, routinely provides expertise to state and national health organizations, and has developed evidence-based training programs to reduce weight bias that have been implemented in medical facilities across the country.



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