Barry M. Popkin


Ph.D., W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Nutrition
Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition

CPC Office: 137 E Franklin St, Room 6305
CPC Phone Number: (919) 962-6139

Dr. Popkin's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Popkin's Google Scholar profile

Dr. Popkin's publications in PubMed

Dr. Popkin's CPC publications

Dr. Barry M. Popkin, W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, has a Ph.D. in economics, training in demography, and is a Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Popkin has an active U.S. research program in understanding dietary behavior with a focus on eating patterns, trends, and sociodemographic determinants; the nutrition transition and the rapid changes in obesity; dynamic changes in diet, physical activity and inactivity; body composition changes (and the factors responsible for these changes); consequences of these changes; and program and policy options for managing change. He is not only actively involved in research in the United States, but is also active in a number of other NIH-funded studies of countries around the world including detailed longitudinal studies that he directs in China and Russia and related work in Brazil, Mexico, the UAE, and several other countries. His major US work is the large UNC food research program which is evaluating how the food industry is changing the food supply and affecting caloric intake and diet quality of Americans funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and linked with the Michelle Obama's Let's Move child obesity prevention initiative. His US work includes a series of NIH grants to study how socioeconomic change linked with shifts in the economic and built environment affect diet, activity and obesity in the 25-year long longitudinal study-CARDIA. Dr. Popkin serves on several scientific advisory organizations. He has published more than 360 journal articles and numerous book chapters and is one of the most cited nutrition scholars in the world. He is author of the new book The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products that are Fattening the Human Race (Penguin).

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