Newsweek features CPC Fellow Popkin and his new book, "The World is Fat"

Dec 22, 2008

Barry Popkin, CPC Fellow and Carla Steel Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill, was interviewed by Newsweek about his new book, The World is Fat.

An excerpt from the article:
"Two years ago, when Barry Popkin announced that more than a billion people worldwide were overweight--easily outnumbering the 800 million who were malnourished--folks looked up from their Big Macs in shock. Then they went back to eating, pushing the number of overweight people to its current number, an astonishing 1.6 billion. And it's not just Americans, or even Western cultures; obesity has become a global problem. Popkin has a new book that goes a long way toward explaining why that happened. "The World Is Fat" (Avery) pins the blame for the ever-growing obesity crisis on some well-known villains: sugary drinks, couch-potato lifestyles and yes, cheeseburgers. But Popkin also reveals some less obvious culprits: evolutionary biology, for instance, and a host of other forces beyond any individual's control. A professor of global nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he spoke with NEWSWEEK's Mary Carmichael."

To read the entire piece: http://www.newsweek.com/id/175954

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