The Sweet Life: The Long-Term Effects of a Sugar-Rich Diet Early in Life. Webinar, 25 March 2021


March 25, 2021


16.00-17:30 CET

Dr. Gracner will present her ongoing work studying how exposure to excessive sugar consumption in-utero and early childhood may influence diet and health in later adulthood. To identify the effects, she exploits the end of sugar and sweets rationing in the UK and compares adult diet and health outcomes for cohorts born before and after the rationing ended. Because ration limits were comparable to current recommended dietary guidelines, these findings can serve as a reference to the long-term effects of a healthy diet.

Tadeja Gracner

Is PhD in Economics, University of California, Berkeley; MSc in Economics, London School of Economics) is an Economist at RAND. Her work, funded by NIH and other federal agencies, lies at the intersection of economics and public health. She largely focuses on studying the socio-economic determinants of and behavioral risk factors for obesity and related chronic diseases across lifespan, as well as how fiscal and other policies can modify behavior to mitigate or manage them. Most of her time is currently spent examining the role of sugar-sweetened beverage policies in obesity among Mexican teens; studying the addictive nature of sugar and long-term health impact of early sugar-rich diet in the UK; assessing the long-term value of bariatric surgery among adults with obesity and diabetes in the US; and evaluating the impact of mobile health tools in management of patients with chronic diseases in Chile. Her other work studies how infections affect cognitive decline among the elderly and evaluates the life-burden of early cognitive decline. Previously, she led analyses studying the role of insurance in medication adherence among chronically ill patients, and described how prices of foods rich in sugar contributed to a significant rise of obesity and chronic disease in Mexico over the past two decades. Dr. Gracner’s work has been published in peer reviewed journals and has earned recognition through the Juan Luis Londoño Prize, awarded for best work presented on social policy by a young researcher by the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association.