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About Dr Lisa Young

Lisa R. Young, Ph.D., R.D., C.D.N., is an internationally recognized nutritionist  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, Inc.

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, FOX, and CNN, and was featured in the US documentary Super Size Me and the BBC documentary series The Men Who Made Us Fat where she traced the history of growing food portions.

Her research interests focus on the contribution of increasing portion sizes to the US obesity epidemic, and its implications for nutrition education and public policy. She  lectures internationally on portion control, nutrition, and wellness. She has lectured at prestigious meetings including the American Public Health Association, American Heart Association, the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 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.

Dr. Young is a media nutritionist and consultant and serves as a nutrition advisor, health educator, and media spokesperson.  In this capacity,  corporations, major media outlets, schools, health departments,  law firms, public relations firms, and publishing houses have turned to Dr. Young for her experience, expertise, and knowledge on topics such as nutrition, wellness, portion control, and health trends. She served as an adviser to the NYC Department of Healthy and Mental Hygiene on various portion-control initiatives.

Young is the author of numerous academic publications published in professional journals including the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Journal of Public Health Policy, Nutrition Reviews, and International Journal of Obesity.

Young currently blogs for Huffington Post on current issues related to portion control, nutrition, and health and is an advisory board member for Fitness magazine.

Dr. Lisa Young is a nutritionist in private practice and has been counseling adults and children for more than 25 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.  Dr. Young has  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.

Young has 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 was a regular contributor to The Bottom Line Health Newsletter where she wrote a column Nutritionist’s Picks.

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, corporate wellness programs, 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 feel free to contact her directly at

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