The World is Fat
Dr. Barry Popkin is the director of the University of North Carolina Interdisciplinary Obesity Center, author of the book “The World is Fat” discusses what you can do about it.
The World is Fat, The Book:
“The global obesity epidemic affects all of us—families, communities, and nations around the world. It’s a weighty subject in every way, with dire consequences for well being, life expectancy, and economic productivity in the years ahead unless seriously confronted. The World is Fat is compelling reading on this complex and growing societal threat.”
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and author of The End of Poverty and Common Wealth
“The most serious epidemic ever is insidiously engulfing the world. Barry Popkin draws upon his decades of research and experience to describe its origins—and a set of potential solutions. Those interested in the future of mankind should read this book.”
Walter Willett, author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, and chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard University
Listen to this radio show for the answer to these questions:
Can you define obesity?
What are the current statistics on obesity?
Is Obesity an American problem?
Large portions vs. small portions – Can you discuss the “Volumetrics” approach to eating?
What are the obvious foods and not so obvious foods that we need to pay attention to avoid?
What is the role of soft drinks, juices?
What about “sugar-free – artificially sweetened drinks” that use splenda, equal, sweet and low?
How about Xylitol and Stevia?
What can the government do and why should they get involved anyway – isn’t it my personal choice if I want to get fat?
Dr. Barry Popkin