Since its inception, the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity has been clearly established in both national and international circles as the place where science and public policy intersect, and where innovation linked to action is a guiding philosophy.


With a key contribution from the Rudd Foundation in 2005, the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity was established at Yale University.  In 2015 the Center moved to the University of Connecticut where it still maintains it's core philosophy of creating the greatest impact by working through important institutions that affect food policy and public health such as schools and communities, government agencies, scientific and medical communities, and the media.  


The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity is a non-profit research and public organization devoted to improving the world's diet, preventing obesity, and reducing weight stigma.  The center serves as a leading research institution that adds to our understating of the complex forces affecting how we eat, how we stigmatize overweight and obese people, and how we can change.



The Rudd Center operates with the belief that every child, regardless of who they are, where they live, and what they look like, deserves the opportunity to eat healthfully.  This is not the reality today.  The Center is committed to interrupting this cycle of inequity by:

  • Conducting research to inform advocacy and  policy
  • Supporting evidence-based solutions
  • Challenging the status quo, and
  • Holding the food industry, media, government, and others that affect the food environment accountable for their actions