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Oct. 4 Lecture: "The World Is Fat"

There's an obesity epidemic, and it's not affecting just the United States, says Burack President's Distinguished Lecturer Barry M. Popkin.

Popkin, the W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will give a talk titled, “‪The World Is Fat: Global changes in the ways we live and how this has affected how we eat, drink, and move‬," Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Davis Center's Sugar Maple Ballroom.

Popkin holds a doctorate in economics and established the Division of Nutrition Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He developed the concept of the Nutrition Transition — the study of the dynamic shifts and trends in dietary intake and physical activity patterns that lead to obesity and other nutrition-related health problems. His research ranges from the impact of the transition on people globally to policies and programs focused on improving health in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to a number of scholarly publications, he published the book The World Is Fat.

The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UVM Food Systems Spire. A reception will immediately follow.

Information:, (210)-240-7148.