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Lisa R. Young, Ph.D., R.D., C.D.N., is an internationally recognized nutritionist in New York City and an adjunct professor of nutrition in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University (NYU). She is the author of The Portion Teller Plan published by Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House.

Widely considered an expert on portion sizes, Dr. Young is regularly featured in national publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Self, Fitness, Redbook, and Glamour. She has also been featured on national television including ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, TODAY, and CNN, and was in the award winning film Super Size Me and the BBC documentary series The Men Who Made Us Fat.

Her research interests focus on the contribution of increasing portion sizes to the U.S. obesity epidemic, and its implications for nutrition education and public policy. She has lectured at prestigious meetings including the American Public Health Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American Heart Association annual conventions. Young is a member of various professional organizations including the American Public Health Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Greater New York Dietetic Association.

Young is the author of numerous academic publications published in professional journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Dietetic Association, The Journal of Public Health Policy, Nutrition Reviews, and International Journal of Obesity.

Dr. Lisa Young is a nutritionist in private practice and has been counseling adults and children for more than 20 years. Young offers individual counseling sessions on a wide variety of nutrition related issues including overweight, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, osteoporosis, pregnancy, and gastrointestinal disorders. She lectures internationally and conducts group classes on nutrition, weight control, and behavior modification. Dr. Young has also been involved in clinical obesity research studies at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center; and has consulted for various weight management programs in New York City. She has also served as the nutrition expert for Allure, Fitness, Prevention, Marie Claire, and Redbook magazines and has contributed articles for numerous health magazines, website, and newsletters.

Dr. Young received her doctorate and master’s degrees in Nutrition from NYU, and her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Health Care Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a registered dietitian. The Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) named Dr. Young a “Woman of Action.”

Dr. Lisa Young is available for private nutrition counseling sessions, group classes on nutrition and behavior modification, lectures, media interviews and appearances. If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Young, or if you would like additional information about services available, please visit her website www.portionteller.com.

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Entries by Dr. Lisa Young

Spring Clean Your Diet With These 10 Simple Tips

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2016 | 11:31 AM

Along with a new season come new foods and rituals. One of the things I love most about springtime is the extra daylight. I try to take advantage of these longer days by taking a walk outdoors or biking in the park. I also love taking advantage of enjoying the...

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Larger Serving Sizes On Food Labels May Encourage Us to Eat Less

(13) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 8:10 AM

In February 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unveiled plans to overhaul the Nutrition Facts panel required on packaged foods in the U.S. Among the proposed updates, FDA plans to revise the serving sizes to reflect more typical serving sizes. Because portions we currently eat are larger...

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10 Simple Tips to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 4:15 PM

National nutrition month (NNM) is a nutrition education campaign sponsored yearly by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). This year's NNM theme is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.

Here are smart tips to help you eat healthier this month.

1. Mind your portions and...

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Add These Foods to Your Diet for a Healthy Heart

(8) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 7:28 AM

While the death rate from heart disease has dropped in recent years, it is still the leading cause of death in the U.S. According to the American Heart Association, this year, 915,000 Americans will be told they have heart failure.

February is American Heart Month, and for the...

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5 Tips to Keep Your Restaurant Meal Way Under 1,000 Calories

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 7:25 AM

Americans love eating out. Unfortunately, most restaurant meals exceed calorie recommendations. It's no surprise that we have an obesity epidemic in this country.

Chain restaurants in the U.S. are currently required to post calorie counts on their menus. Hopefully, this information will nudge us to make healthier choices and...

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The New Dietary Guidelines Recommend Eating More Fruits and Vegetables, Less Added Sugar and Saturated Fat

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 11:39 AM

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released earlier this month. The guidelines, updated every five years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are based on the latest research in nutrition science and serve as a basis for federal...

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Drop a Few Sizes With These 12 Simple Portion-Control Tricks

(7) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 7:26 AM

With the start of the New Year, losing a few pounds is often high on many people's "to do" list. You may even be thinking of trying the latest fad diet, a version of the Paleo diet, or a juice cleanse.

Having spent the past 20 plus years counseling people...

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10 Tips to Supercharge Your Health This Holiday Season

(5) Comments | Posted December 20, 2015 | 5:52 AM

'Tis the season for overeating.

The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year's are filled with lots of social gatherings and food festivities. Food is everywhere, whether the office party, family events, buffets, cocktail parties or holiday candy gifts. It is also a stressful time for many people...

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Hold the Salt: NYC Warning Labels and Tips You Can Take to Shake the Habit

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 4:36 PM

As a nutritionist and health advocate in New York City (NYC), I applaud the New York City Department of Health's latest attempt to help New Yorker's get healthier.

Effective this week, diners in NYC will be able to spot foods on menus of chain restaurants that are too...

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5 Sensible Tips to Keep From Becoming an Obesity Statistic

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 6:52 AM

We received bad news from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) about the current state of obesity in the United States (U.S.). Despite some improvements to our current food environment (soda consumption is down, food manufacturers are removing artificial ingredients), obesity is still on the rise. Compared to...

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5 Kitchen Tweaks That Could Lead to a Slimmer Waist

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 7:49 PM

"If you want to be skinny, do what skinny people do," says Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and author of Slim by Design.

Dr. Wansink and colleagues recently conducted an interesting study on 300 kitchens in Syracuse, NY and found a correlation between...

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7 Tips to Nourish Your Body and Your Soul

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2015 | 5:32 PM

With a new season comes changes and often a time for new beginnings. If you are at all like me, transitioning into the fall and winter seasons are more difficult than moving into spring and summer where the days are longer and the meals often lighter.

As the weather gets...

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9 Foods This Nutritionist Stocks in Her Kitchen

(11) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 8:25 AM

The people we surround ourselves with help to contribute to our happiness. In food speak, the foods we surround ourselves with, help keep us healthy.

As a nutritionist, I have seen first hand that our environment plays a huge factor guiding our food choices. If our "default" environment is filled...

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Size Matters! 10 Simple Strategies to Overcome Portion Distortion

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2015 | 5:09 PM

I've been convinced for years that oversize food portions are one of the leading contributors to obesity.

When results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a federal survey assessing the health of Americans, were released back in the mid-1990s with the scary statistic that the...

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Will New Food Labels Encourage Us to Eat... More?!

(2) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 1:46 PM

In February 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) along with Michelle Obama announced an overhaul to the nutrition facts label required on all packaged foods. Among the proposed changes includes updating the serving sizes.

As FDA states, "These updates would reflect the reality of what people...

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A Prize May Encourage Us to Eat Less

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 11:10 AM

Portion sizes have grown over the past 50 years, and so have our waistlines. As I found in my portion-size research, the fact that Americans are eating too much is a perfectly logical explanation to explain the current U.S. obesity crisis. While there is some good...

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Eat These 5 Foods to Help Boost Bone Health!

(2) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 11:28 AM

Our bones tend to remain strong through early adulthood. As we age, however, our bones tend to become thinner. And when a woman enters menopause, she loses additional bone. Men and women alike, however, can get osteoporosis, a disease characterized by breaking bones. It happens when you make too little...

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9 Tips for a Guilt-Free Fourth of July BBQ

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 4:31 PM

The Fourth of July marks the season for summer barbecues. For many of us, that means burgers, hot dogs, and more diet disaster. But it doesn't have to be.

As a nutritionist, I spend a lot of time educating clients on how to stay healthy, or even lose a...

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12 Healthy Swaps in Time for Summer

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 11:53 AM

Summer is right around the corner, marking a time of barbecues, outdoor eating and gatherings with family and friends. It is also means going to the beach and wearing (while also feeling comfortable in) your favorite bathing suit.

To enjoy the summer season and social gatherings that go along with...

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Starbucks to Mini-Size It

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 10:19 AM

As a portion-size advocate, I was glad to hear about Starbucks plan to unveil the "mini" 10 oz. Frappuccino sugar-sweetened coffee drink, two ounces smaller than the "Tall" (also the smallest size sold by the coffee chain).

The new "mini" size would be considered a "regular" size by the...

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