Source Newsroom: Wake Forest University
Rogan Kersh, an expert on obesity politics, can comment on New York City’s proposed ban on supersized, sugary drinks. The new rule, struck down by a judge March 11, would have prevented restaurants, delis, sports venues, movies theaters and other eateries from selling high-sugar drinks in containers larger than 16 oz.
Kersh, whose work influenced the adoption of required calorie labeling in New York City restaurants, is provost and professor of political science at Wake Forest University. He has co-authored several studies on childhood obesity and public policy, child/adolescent fast food choices and the influence of calorie labeling, personal responsibility and obesity, and the new politics of health policy.
Kersh previously served as associate dean and professor of public policy at New York University’s Wagner School. He has been invited to testify or speak to a wide range of organizations, including the U.S. Senate, on health reform, obesity politics and interest groups/lobbying.
Kersh says: "This is reminiscent of NYC's legal jockeying a few years ago over fast-food menu calorie labeling; essentially, major public-health policies must now clear a third branch--the judiciary--before they can be implemented."