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Dr. Lisa Young
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

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Entries by Dr. Lisa Young

5 Sensible Tips to Keep From Becoming an Obesity Statistic

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 7:52 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 | 8:49 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 | 6:32 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 | 9:25 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 | 6:09 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 | 2:46 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 | 12:10 PM

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 | 12:28 PM

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 | 5:31 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 | 12:53 PM

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 | 11:19 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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6 'Handy' Tips to Help Get You Slimmer by Summer

(2) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 6:25 PM

With summertime right around the corner, as a nutritionist helping people shed unwanted pounds, I get calls from clients for simple tricks to lose weight, whether to be able to fit into last summer's bathing suit or just be healthier.

Indeed, we have far too many overweight people who...

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6 Healthy Foods to Help Keep Your Hunger Pangs Away

(10) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 9:30 AM

The worst part about trying to lose weight is feeling hungry. As a nutritionist specializing in weight loss and maintenance, I have experienced firsthand that feeling hungry often leads dieters astray and contributes to them falling off the wagon.

I have never been a fan of deprivation diets --...

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Spring Forward Into Health With These 10 Simple Tips

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 11:00 AM

With a new season often come new rituals and habits. With more daylight in the springtime, it is often easier to adopt certain habits, such as fitting in an early evening bike ride. It is also a great time to try new foods and develop new habits, in an effort...

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10 Foods to Enjoy Without Added Sugar

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:11 PM

The problems with consuming too much added sugar seem to be getting lots of attention these days. From contributing to inflammation, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity, sugar has been recently singled out as a cause for concern.

The recently released report from the Dietary Guideline Committee (DGAC)...

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Nutrition Panel Urges Americans to Eat Green, Limit Sugar, Drink Coffee and More

(7) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 11:55 AM

A new report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), which convenes every five years and advises the federal government on the official dietary guidelines, calls for some changes to the American diet.

The purpose of the Advisory Report is to inform the government on the scientific...

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Eat Your Heart Out With These 11 Healthy Tips

(7) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:22 AM

February is American Heart month sponsored by The American Heart Association. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

For some good news, however, heart disease can often be prevented by making...

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5 Tips for Building a Healthy Salad

(3) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:38 PM

As a nutritionist, I am a huge fan of salads. After all, colorful veggies are great -- chock full of nutrients without too many calories. However, just because you order a salad when you go out, (while thinking you are being virtuous), does not necessarily mean that it is good...

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10 Diet Tweaks for a Healthier 2015

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 1:00 PM

Welcome to 2015! As a nutritionist and health advocate, I am not a fan of rigid diets or New Year's resolutions that you cannot keep. Unmet goals and resolutions just lead to frustration and feelings of failure. Instead, I am a fan of small actionable changes that you can incorporate...

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7 Holiday Eating Tips to Keep You Healthy This Season

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 12:07 PM

The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year's are filled with lots of food festivities and socializing. Whether it's dining out, going to a holiday party, or seeing treats everywhere, from the office to the candy jar at your favorite store, the holiday season really puts our willpower to...

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