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.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Contains numerous illustrative figures and tables * Two case studies included-on China and Brazil * Foreword written by Nevin Scrimshaw, recipient of the World Food Prize


Academics working in nutrition and food science, public health specialists in academia and government, and anyone interested in nutrition's affect on globalization such as economists and demographers.

Table of Contents

About the Authors. Foreword. Introduction. PART I: THE GLOBAL CONTEXT Economic 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 TRANSITION The dietary transition. Early nutritional conditions and later risk of disease. Obesity. Diabetes. Cardiovascular diseases. Case Study 1: China. Case Study 2: Brazil. Policy implications.


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"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), Guate