Human Ecology

Reports news and information of particular interest to the faculty and alumni of the New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Features short, signed articles written by the college?s faculty and students, and coverage of the college?

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, December

Cornell NutritionWorks Web Site Nourishes Community Practitioners
One hundred years ago, Martha Van Rensselaer drove throughout upstate New York to bring information about nutrition and hygiene to rural farm wives. Today, Christina Stark, extension associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, uses a 21st century...
Ecology of Obesity
On June 6 and 7, 2005, the College of Human Ecology hosted a conference entitled "Ecology of Obesity: Science and Action." The conference brought together health professionals, researchers, and extension educators from all across New York State and...
Modifying Our Environment Could Slow or Reverse Obesity Trend: Changes in the Home, Workplace, School, Community-Even in Clothing and Dishware-Could Increase Our Level of Physical Activity and Help Us Make Better Food Choices
Is it possible for us to make behavioral changes and live more healthful lives even though we have grown up in a supersize-me environment? Experts are cautiously optimistic that the trend toward overweight and obesity can be slowed--and perhaps even...
Obesity Issues in New York State
"Many people in the United States and abroad are coming together to address the issue of childhood obesity, yet some of those we need to talk to the most are not sitting in the room." With this opener, New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, chair...
Obesity Shows Socioeconomic and Racial/ethnic Disparities
In a national study, Penny Gordon-Larsen has found that individuals who live in economically advantaged neighborhoods, where the education level is high and the population predominantly non-Hispanic white, have greater access to both publicly funded...
Researchers View Obesity from a Life Course Perspective: By Looking at the Course of Individuals' and Groups' Lives over Time, Researchers Can See Early Warning Signs of Obesity and Determine Opportune Times for Intervention
The extra pounds and inches that make a body overweight do not appear overnight. The same can be said of the causes and risk factors for an obese population. Researchers agree that it has taken a lifetime of experiences--perhaps several lifetimes across...
The Ecology of Obesity
Our Biology Conspires with Modern Environment to Make Us Fat [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] When you walk down the street in the United States today, the people you see who are of normal weight will be in the minority." With this stark fact, James O....
The Economics of Obesity: Costs, Causes, and Controls; Burgeoning Health Care Costs and Lost Work Time Make Obesity Expensive for Society. Can Policies Help Curb People's Appetites for Cheap, Calorie-Dense Foods and Encourage More Physical Activity?
The box-office hit Super Size Me vividly brought the dangers of fast food and inactivity to the mass media. Most people these days know that diets high in trans fats, sugar, and salt combined with lack of exercise are stepping stones to obesity. Yet...
Thoughts on Teaching
In my 40 years on the Cornell faculty, I have given at least as much priority to teaching as I have to research and public service. I have done so, because I believe that is what should happen at a great university. And when I was an undergraduate...
Transdisciplinary Research Is Needed for Positive Health Outcomes
In the session on "Opportunities for Transdisciplinary Research and Action" during the Ecology of Obesity conference held at Cornell June 6 and 7, 2005, Amanda Birnbaum, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical...
Youthful Obesity Is Epidemic: Declines in Physical Activity and Unhealthy Eating Habits Are Making More and More Children Overweight. to Reduce the Problem, Strategies That Involve Families, Schools, and the Whole Community Are Needed
Working to reduce obesity in America "is going to be a long haul," according to Richard Kreipe, M.D., professor of pediatrics and chief of the division of adolescent medicine at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester,...