The Nutrition Transition

Diet and Disease in the Developing World

Edited by

  • Benjamin Caballero, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, U.S.A.

This book deals with the dramatic changes in diet and lifestyle that are occurring in the developing world as a result of globalization, and their impact on human healt. The Editors have assembled a leading group of scientists in teh fields of economics, population sciences, international health, medicine, nutrition and food sciences, to address each of the key issues related to the changes in demographic trends, food production and marketing, and disease patterns in the developing world. The Nutrition Transition provides essential information to understand the far-reaching effects that global economic, social and cultural trends are having on diet-related disease patersin in countries of transition.
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Academics working in nutrition and food science, public health specialists in academia and government, and anyone interested in nutrition's affect onglobalization such as economists and demographers.


Book information

  • Published: August 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-153654-1


"This book is a valuable documentation of the food and nutrition components of the most accelerated set of major transitions in human history. Readers will find a fascinating and insightful glimpse into the benefits and threats to health of the unprecedented nutrition, demographic, and economic changes that are so strongly and rapidly affecting the health and welfare of the populations of developing countries." -THE NUTRITION TRANSITION "...well written and informative...provides interesting information on nutrition with a global perspective in a readable and highly understandable presentation"-E STREAMS (June 2003) "I love the concept that the evolution of the prestigious AP Food Science and Technology International Series has emerged to a very integrated consideration of the human consequences of its technological accomplishments over 37 years. The term "Nutrition Transition" has had an important effect of legitimizing a concern in developing countries other than that of deprivation and food insecurity. It is good to get the connotation out there among the various academic disciplines. The inner cover "urbanization" maps are attractive, vibrant in color, and relevant! The prestige of a World Food Prize winner (Scrimshaw) and a Nobel Laureate (Fogel) as contributors cannot go unnoticed. The rest of the contributors cast is pretty impressive, too! For me, the two best crafted chapters are chapter 2 (Fogel/Hemchen) and chapter 7 (Adair). They stand out among the other very good contributions. It is intellectually honest to the core. The complexity of the issues is real, and no pabulum simplicity is offered (nor could be offered). It is fodder for deep thinking.... it is VALUABLE to the hilt! And should be read by human biologists, by epidemiologists, and policy and program community." —Noel Soloman, Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment (CESSIAM), Guatemala "I consider this volume an extremely well presented view of this critical topic, a truly pressing global issue. The interaction of both the social and biological dimensions is well presented. This unique approach to the complex problems derived from the Nutrition Transition is novel and deserves special acknowledgements. ...A multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary book written by true leaders in their respective fields. ...The implications for global, regional and national nutrition and health policies are well presented and deserve the attention not only of leaders but also of policy makers. ...I only hope that the message from Caballero and Popkin is translated into policy actions by public nutrition and public health specialists. This should ultimately lead to improved health and nutrition, and to the well being of populations globally." —Ricardo Uauy, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile

Table of Contents

About the Authors.Foreword. Introduction.PART I: THE GLOBAL CONTEXTEconomic and technological development and their relationships to body size and productivity. Food Production. Globalization of world food trade.Demographic trends.PART II: BIOLOGICAL FACTORS AFFECTING THE NUTRITION TRANSITIONThe dietary transition.Early nutritional conditions and later risk of disease.Obesity.Diabetes.Cardiovascular diseases.Case Study 1: China.Case Study 2: Brazil.Policy implications.