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Scientists and educators at the Lawson Centre make news for their research, teaching and advocacy — and offer credible commentary on the latest nutrition news.

Read recent media reports below.


How a province can help put food on tables
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC 
(June 18, 2021)

Age of anxiety: How the COVID-19 pandemic could be impacting kids' development
Professor Catherine Birken in the Toronto Star

Study to investigate effectiveness, safety of COVID-19 vaccine in children
Professor Shaun Morris on CTV News
(June 11, 2021)

Newfoundland's soda tax targets the sin of sugar
Professor Mary L'Abbé in The Globe and Mail 
(June 4, 2021)

Policies on minimum wage, income tax have a direct effect on who goes hungry: researcher
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC
(May 29, 2021)

Can vitamin D lower the risk of COVID-19? Here's what we know so far
Professor Richard Bazinet on Global News 
(March 27, 2021)

Food industry lobbying was intense on failed bill to limit marketing to Canadian children 
Professor Mary L'Abbé and Christine Mulligan in EurekAlert!
(March 23, 2021)

New Lancet series shows mixed progress on maternal and child undernutrition in last decade
Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta in EurekAlert!
(March 7, 2021)


How this Ontario church is tackling food insecurity
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on TVO
(December 30, 2020)

Food banks aren't the answer to hunger, researchers say
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in Canada's National Observer
(December 8, 2020)

Food insecurity is hurting Canadians’ physical and mental health, social life, and ability to find work
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail
(September 29, 2020)

Food banks aren't the answer to hunger, researchers say
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in Canada's National Observer
(December 8, 2020)

Food insecurity is hurting Canadians’ physical and mental health, social life, and ability to find work
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail
(September 29, 2020)

Doomscrolling again? How to manage screen time during the pandemic
Professor Catherine Birken in the Toronto Star
(June 23, 2020)

Expert calls for universal income amid increase in food bank usage
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on Vancouver City News
(May 9, 2020)

What do we really know about kids and COVID-19?
Professor Shaun Morris on CBC
(May 8, 2020)

Should schools reopen? Kids’ role in pandemic still a mystery
Professor Catherine Birken in Science
(May 4, 2020)

When is it safe for kids to go back to school? Two Canadian projects adding data to the ‘passionate debates’
Professor Jonathon Maguire in the Toronto Star
(April 29, 2020)

Scientists wait months for coronavirus research grants. This economist is trying to fix that
Professor Jonathon Maguire in The Washington Post
(April 29, 2020)

Food security experts warn of supply shortages, higher prices due to global pandemic
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC
(April 3, 2020)

More than 4.4 million Canadians say they feel food insecure due to financial constraints: report
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail
(March 12, 2020)

N.L.'s fall from grace on food insecurity record 'disturbing'
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC News
(February 22, 2020)

Canadian child health experts call for action on global study's dire findings
Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta on CTV News
(February 20, 2020)

Study compares childhood outcomes of nutritional strategies used for feeding very-low-birth-weight infants
Professor Deborah O'Connor on the American Society for Nutrition website
(February 12, 2020)

Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada - and some die young as a result
Postdoctoral fellow Fei Men in Reuters and on CBC
(January 20, 2020)

Iron levels directly related to cognitive performance in kids
Professor Patricia Parkin on
(January 16, 2020)

Whole milk may be better when it comes to children's weight
Professor Jonathon Maguire in The New York Times
(January 7, 2020)


Ontarians with full and part-time jobs increasingly using food banks, report finds
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CTV News
(December 3, 2019)

Cut dairy from your diet? You may be deficient in vitamin D, calcium
Professor Jonathon Maguire on CBC
(November 16, 2019)

Canada Child Benefit helped reduce number of families with severe food insecurity: study
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on Global News
(November 7, 2019)

Black families twice as likely to go hungry as white households, study shows
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Star
(October 23, 2019)

Are you taking too much folic acid?
Professor Deborah O'Connor in Today's Parent
(October 9, 2019)

Controversial red meat study scrutinized
Professor David Jenkins on CTV
(October 1, 2019)

Should you stop eating red meat? A new paper has a controversial answer
Professor John Sievenpiper in Time
(September 30, 2019)

What was in prehistoric baby bottles? Now we know.
Professor Daniel Sellen in National Geographic
(September 25, 2019)

Global warming may dwindle the supply of a key brain nutrient
Professor Richard Bazinet in Scientific American
(September 19, 2019)

Omega-3: The treatment in search of an illness makes a comeback
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC
(September 14, 2019)

What’s a ‘normal’ amount of time to breastfeed?
Professor Daniel Sellen in The New York Times
(September 3, 2019)

Weight Watchers app for kids faces backlash
Professor David Jenkins on Global News Radio
(August 19, 2019)

Why is there sugar in my barbecue sauce? (Hint: Because you crave it)
Postdoctoral fellow Jodi Bernstein in the Toronto Star
(August 13, 2019)

Health experts denounce Scheer’s comments on Canada’s Food Guide as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘disingenuous’
Professor Mary L'Abbé in The Globe and Mail
(July 18, 2019)

Study confirms heart benefit of soy as FDA reviews this claim
Professor David Jenkins in Reuters
(July 16, 2019)

Food insecurity in Nunavut increased since introduction of federal program: report
Doctoral student Andrée-Anne Fafard St-Germain and Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail and on CBC.
(May 21, 2019)

‘Startling’: The price of celery is skyrocketing in Canada. Blame cold weather and a celebrity food fad
Professor David Jenkins in the National Post
(May 1, 2019)

The long-term effects of going hungry
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on BBC Future
(April 29, 2019)

The ads that kids shouldn’t see
Professor Mary L'Abbé in U of T Magazine
(April 24, 2019)

The 'indelible mark' that exposure to hunger leaves on children
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CNN
(April 15, 2019)

Majority of supermarket foods targeted to Canadian kids aren't healthy, UCalgary research finds
Professor Mary L'Abbé in University of Calgary's UToday
(April 15, 2019)

Saturated fat, good or evil? How to decipher contradictory nutritional research
Professor David Jenkins in The Washington Post
(April 8, 2019)

How Do You Save Four Million Canadians From Hunger?
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Walrus
(March 6, 2019)

Finding the right substitute for Canada's artificial trans fats ban
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC's The National
(February 20, 2019)

Canada's new food guide might be free of industry influence, but the great food fight isn't over yet
Professor Mary L'Abbé on CBC
(January 26, 2019)

How bringing room service to hospitals can help patients heal
Professor John Sievenpiper and Rebecca Noseworthy on CBC Radio's White Coat Black Art
(January 26, 2019)

Health experts applaud Canada’s new food guide, though some question lack of portion sizes
Professor David Jenkins on Global News
(January 22, 2019)

Food Guide recommendations to limit sugary drinks could influence school nutrition programs, expert says
Professor Jonathon Maguire in The Globe and Mail
(January 22, 2019)

The dark side of Canada's new food guide — many Canadians can't follow it
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC
(January 12, 2019)

Should the advice in the Canadian food guide be taken with a pinch of salt?
Professor Mary L'Abbé on CBC's The Current
(January 10, 2019)


Fructose link to diabetes may be different for sodas than fruit
Professor John Sievenpiper in Reuters
(November 30, 2018)

Do fish oil supplements work? Science keeps giving us slippery answers
Professor Richard Bazinet in Vox
(November 19, 2018)

Low-carb diets associated with lower life expectancy, study suggests
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC
(August 18, 2018)

Basic income: A no-brainer in economic hard times
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Conversation
(August 2, 2018)

Child Health Protection Act just the start of healthier food environments for kids
Professor Mary L'Abbé in the Toronto Star
(July 16, 2018)

One tiny detail spoils that shocking organic milk headline: It was wrong
Professor Richard Bazinet in The Globe and Mail
(July 12, 2018)

Don't dismiss a healthy eating strategy
Professor Mary L'Abbé in the Winnipeg Free Press
(June 27, 2018)

One in two Indigenous children in danger of going to school hungry
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in the Star Vancouver
(June 21, 2018)

Labels and education the way to fight obesity
Professor Daniel Sellen in the Toronto Sun
(June 3, 2018)

Vitamins won’t prevent a heart attack or make you live longer: study
Professor David Jenkins on Global News and in Newsweek
(May 28, 2018)

The doctor is cooking
Professors John Sievenpiper and David Jenkins in The New York Times
(May 22, 2018)

Researcher shines light on food security crisis in Nova Scotia
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Chronicle Herald
(May 2, 2018)

Pasta, as part of a healthy diet, not tied to weight gain
Professor John Sievenpiper in Reuters
(April 16, 2018)

Women in food-insecure households stop exclusive breastfeeding sooner: study
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on Global News and on CBC
(March 19, 2018)

'Saltier than seawater': Canada lays claim to the saltiest bread tested in recent survey
Professor Mary L'Abbé in the Calgary Herald
(March 19, 2018)

Temple study asserting canola-Alzheimer’s link triggers criticism
Professor Richard Bazinet in Patient Daily
(January 5, 2018)



3 reasons reducing food waste won't reduce food insecurity
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC
(December 12, 2017)

What the research says about vitamin D supplements in pregnancy: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Professor Daniel Roth in Forbes
(November 30, 2017)

As Canadians consume 'harmful' levels of sodium, officials urge chefs to limit salt but face resistance
Professor Mary L'Abbé in The Globe and Mail
(November 19, 2017)

Changing the rules in the hunger game
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on
(October 20, 2017)

Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened
Professor Richard Bazinet on Vox
(October 18, 2017)

The demise of a dietary dogma?
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC
(Septbember 2, 2017)

Recommended fat intake should increase, Canadian researchers say
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC
(August 29, 2017)

Lower your 'bad' cholesterol with simple dietary shift
Professors David Jenkins and John Sievenpiper in the Toronto Star
(July 24, 2017)

Public health experts blame Ontario government for gap in food insecurity data
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail
(July 4, 2017)

Nonprescription prenatal vitamins may be more potent
Professor Deborah O'Connor on Reuters
(June 19, 2017)

Basic income best way to help families reliably put food on the table: report
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on Global News
(June 15, 2017)

Does drinking cow's milk help children grow taller?
Professor Jonathon Maguire on CBC
(June 7, 2017)

Nunavut gets failing grade on food security
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in Canadian Geographic
(May 24, 2017)

Probiotic yogurt benefits vary, study finds
Professor Elena Comelli and Mary Scourboutakos on CBC
(April 18, 2017)

What to expect from new food labeling laws in Canada
Professor Mary L'Abbé in Boss magazine
(March 31, 2017)

Fatty acids, brain health and the jellybean effect
Professor Richard Bazinet in the Winnipeg Free Press
(February 25, 2017)


Mary L’Abbé in The Varsity.
Can better nutrition labelling curb Canada’s sugar consumption?
(October 16, 2016)

Zulfiqar Bhutta in U of T Faculty of Medicine News.
U of T Researchers Contribute to Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development.
(October 4, 2016) 

Mary L’Abbé in U of T News.
U of T researchers call for guidelines, better labeling to curb sugar consumption.
(September 26, 2016)

David Jenkins in the Toronto Star.
PDF icon 15 Aug 2016_The War on Meat.pdf
(August 15, 2016)

Deborah L. O’Connor et al. in Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC)
Canadian Consensus on Female Nutrition: Adolescence, Reproduction, Menopause and Beyond
(May 14, 2016)

Richard Bazinet receives Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Research, Supported by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
Canadian Nutrition Society Awards 2016
(May 5-7, 2016) 

Harvey Anderson receives the Khursheed Jeejeebhoy Award for Best Application of Clinical Nutrition Research Findings to Clinical Practice, Supported by Abbott Canada 
Canadian Nutrition Society Awards 2016
(May 5-7, 2016) 

Valerie Tarasuk in Canadian Grocer
Access to food proves problematic in the Maritimes and Nunavut
(April 10, 2016)

Daniel Roth receives the Samuel J. Fomon Young Physician Award Endowed by the Nestlé Nutrition Institute
American Society for Nutrition Young Investigator Awards 2016
(March 18, 2016) 

Mary L’Abbé and Jodi Bernstein on CMAJ Podcasts
Nutrition labels in Canada: let’s not abandon added sugars.
(March 14, 2016)

Wintemute K, McDonald K, Huynh T, Pendrith C, Wilson L.
Addressing overuse starts with physicians, Choosing Wisely Canada. Can Fam Physician 2016; 62 : 199-200.
(March 14, 2016)

Deborah L. O’Connor and Sharon Unger in Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Working miracles, one baby at a time
(February 22, 2016)

Jonathon Maguire in Reuters
Children breastfeeding after first birthday should take vitamin D
(February 18, 2016)

Richard Bazinet in Well, New York Times Blog
PDF icon Organic Meat and Milk Higher in Healthful Fatty Acids.pdf (PDF)
(February 15, 2016)


Mary Scourboutakos in the Toronto Star
Ontario’s government plans to keep pushing for chains to post nutrition data in restaurants 
(November 3, 2014)

Mary L’Abbé & Mary Scourboutakos in Global News
If menus shared calories, sodium, would you make healthier choices? 
(October 31, 2014)

David J. A. Jenkins, Richard BazinetAhmed El-Sohemy & John Sievenpiper in the Toronto Star
Doctors’ notes: What the food experts eat, and what they skip 
(October 14, 2014)

David J. A Jenkins in The Varsity
In conversation with David Jenkins
(September 21, 2014)

Deborah L. O'Connor in HuffPost Canada
Back to school: How to create a healthy lunch
(September 11, 2014)

Richard Bazinet in the Globe and Mail
Dairy lovers find greener pastures with Rolling Meadow
(September 2, 2014)

David J. A. Jenkins in Reuters
Low-carb diets may beat low-fat options for weight loss, heart health
(September 1, 2014)

Mike Evans in Reader's Digest
30 minutes a day to a healthier you

David J. A. Jenkins in the Globe and Mail
Foods with canola oil found to help people with Type 2 diabetes 
(July 1, 2014)

Catherine Birken in the North York Mirror
Managing childhood obesity at SickKids
(May 21, 2014)

Jill Hamilton in the Toronto Star
New SickKids initiative battling childhood obesity on numerous fronts
(April 30, 2014)

Deborah L. O'Connor in Global News
Preterm babies to benefit from a $2 million federal research grant
(March 18, 2014)