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Dr. Lisa Young
Lisa R. Young, Ph.D., R.D., C.D.N., is a nationally recognized nutritionist in New York City and an Adjunct Professor 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,( formerly known as the American Dietetic Association), 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 obesity and weight control, disease prevention, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis, pregnancy, lactation, and gastrointestinal disorders. She also lectures around the country 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 various health magazines and newsletters. She is an advisory board member for Fitness magazine, is a contributor for The Bottom Line Health Newsletter, and has contributed to MSNBC.

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

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Entries by Dr. Lisa Young

5 Easy Tricks to Avoid Portion Distortion

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 6:27 PM

The portion sizes of foods we commonly consume are too big. Look around and just about everything is available in jumbo sizes. Soft drinks, French fries, coffee drinks, steaks, burgers, bagels and muffins have all grown in size. Indeed, many food portions are now two to five times...

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5 Healthy Back-to-School Tips

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 10:23 AM

With summer coming to a close, next week is back to school for most kids. It is also a great opportunity to create new healthy habits for your kids and for the entire family. As a nutritionist counseling families and children, here are some simple tips to get you and...

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7 Reasons to Add Blueberries to Your Diet

(14) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 10:54 AM

As a nutritionist, I love recommending blueberries to my clients. And I regularly eat them as well. Blueberries are healthy, low in calories, versatile, and taste great. You can throw a handful of blueberries into your yogurt, add them to a salad, or microwave frozen blueberries and eat them warm...

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FDA to Update Food Label Serving Sizes

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 9:56 AM

FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is seeking public comment on the proposed revisions to the food labels (NOTE: deadline August 1).

You can still comment on the following:

1. Serving Sizes: Docket FDA-2004-N-0258

2. Nutrition and Supplement Facts Label: Docket FDA-2012-N-1210


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Diese gesunden Lebensmittel können Ihnen schaden, wenn Sie zuviel davon essen

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 7:44 PM

Was sind die besten Lebensmittel, um gesund zu leben und Gewicht zu verlieren? Als Ernährungsexpertin diskutiere ich diese Dinge täglich mit meinen Kunden. Und selbst diejenigen, die sich gut mit Ernährung auskennen, wissen nicht, wie viel man von diesen Lebensmitteln wirklich essen sollte. Es ist möglich, dass der Abnehmerfolg genau...

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Portion Alert: 5 Healthy Foods You Can Easily Overeat

(46) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 9:26 AM

As a nutritionist, I counsel many clients who know what foods to eat to lose weight and be healthy. However, even the most educated of consumers may have trouble determining how much to eat of these foods. It is possible that eating too many of even the right foods can...

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Court Rejects New York City's Portion Cap for Sugary Drinks

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:33 PM

New York City lost its final appeal to limit the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.

In a 20-page report, the New York State Court of Appeals issued its final decision on the Portion Cap Ruling. Justice Pigott wrote:

We hold that the New York...
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5 Ways to Build a Better Burger

(5) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 11:16 AM

Summer is the season for barbecues. That often means burgers and hot dogs. As a nutritionist, I suggest limiting our intake of red meat and processed foods. However, if you want to indulge in an occasional burger, here are five ways to build a better one.


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How to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle While Traveling

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 11:46 AM

This is the season for traveling and summer vacations. While we often do lots of research to find a great travel destination, we often do not have a plan to stay healthy while we are away.

As a nutritionist, I spend a lot of time this season teaching clients...

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5 Smart Snacks That Can Help You Lose Weight

(12) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 7:06 AM

As a nutritionist doing counseling on healthy eating and weight loss, clients often ask me about if they can include snacks in their diet and exactly what constitutes a healthy snack. Many people -- especially dieters trying to shed pounds -- are under the impression that snacking is not a...

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5 Easy Weight-Loss Tips That Really Work

(2) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 10:48 AM

As a nutritionist, I often get clients at this time of year concerned about summer -- fitting into a bathing suit, getting some new clothes and navigating holiday eating and parties. I am not a fan of rigid diets, which restrict entire food groups for a short time, but rather...

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Want to Eat Less? Choose Single-Serving Packages!

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:16 PM

New research published in the online Feb. 18 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports some promising findings for overweight individuals. Eating foods packaged in single servings may help overweight people eat less. Eating less means fewer calories, and hence the opportunity to...

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7 Fruits and Vegetables to Enjoy During National Nutrition Month

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2014 | 10:09 AM

This month March, is National Nutrition Month. This year's theme is "Enjoy the taste of eating right." While of course, it is important to eat foods that are nutritious, taste is a key reason why people choose to eat what they do. Pairing good nutrition with great taste...

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FDA Proposes Larger -- More Realistic -- Serving Sizes for Food Labels

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:06 PM

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released its proposal to update the Nutrition Facts label found on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new food label will update serving sizes. The label has not changed much in 20 years.

FDA is proposing to change the standard...

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10 Smart Food Swaps for a Healthy Heart

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 7:39 AM

February marks the 50th anniversary of American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one killer in Americans. For the good news, however, following a heart healthy diet and lifestyle can make a big difference in helping to prevent heart disease.

The American...

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Hawaii to Cap Sizes of Sugary Drinks

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 4:28 PM

In New York City, we are patiently awaiting the court decision on whether or not a 16-ounce soda will become the default "large" at eating establishments including fast food restaurants delis, and movie theaters.

I am pleased that Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he would move forward...

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Save Over 1,000 Calories With These 5 Simple Portion Swaps

(3) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 9:48 AM

A new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Nutrition and Behavior sheds some more bad news for foods consumed outside the home. The researchers from Drexel University reviewed more than 2,600 menu items from restaurant chains and reported that a typical adult meal (comprised...

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Smart Food Swaps for a Healthier 2014

(69) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 9:20 AM

It's that time of year -- a new year and a new beginning. As a nutritionist, I often hear from new clients that they make New Year's resolutions early January and by Valentine's Day, they are discouraged and back to their same old patterns. Resolutions such as, "I have to...

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Bloomberg's Cap on Supersize Soda May Be Contagious

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 10:17 AM

As Mayor Bloomberg prepares to leave office, his controversial proposed cap on the size of sugar-sweetened drinks may be contagious. While we wait for the courts to determine whether or not a 16-ounce soda will be the default "large" at eating establishments such as fast food restaurants delis, and movie...

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Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Strategies to Avoid Overeating

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 7:45 AM

With the holiday season upon us, food is everywhere. From festive holiday parties to dinners with friends and family, let's face it, this time of year tends to center around food. And, it is perfectly OK to indulge on occasion, sans the guilt, without gaining weight. The trick is to...

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