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The term "nutrition transition" is used to define the rapid global changes occurring in food production, distribution and intake, those occurring in physical activity and sedentarianism, and their effects on diet-related disease. The Nutrition Transition: Diet and Disease in the Developing World provides the first summary of the current state of knowledge on the factors driving the nutrition transition within the developing world.

The Editors have assembled a leading international group of scientists in the fields of economics, population sciences, international health, medicine, public health, nutrition, and food sciences, to present and discuss up-to-date information on population trends, changes in food production and epidemiology of diet-related chronic diseases in the developing world.

The Nutrition Transition outlines key issues that need to be addressed in order to confront what is predicted to be the leading cause of death and disability in the world over the next 30 years - nutrition-related chronic diseases in developing countries. It provides essential information to understand the far-reaching effects that global economic, social and cultural trends are having on diet-related disease patterns in countries in transition.

The Nutrition Transition is an essential read for academics and professionals in all areas of international nutrition, food science and public health.

With a foreword by Nevin S Scrimshaw, Senior Advisor to the UNU Food and Nutrition program, and winner of the World Food Prize 1991.

THE GLOBAL CONTEXT
Economic and Technological Development and their Relationships to Body Size and Productivity.
Food Production.
Demographic Trends.
Can the Challenge of Poverty, Sustainable Consumption and Good Health Governance be Addressed in an era of Globalization?

BIOLOGICAL FACTORS AFFECTING THE NUTRITION TRANSITION
The Dynamics of The Dietary Transition in the Developing World.
Early Nutritional Conditions and Later Risk of Disease.
Obesity in the Developing World.
Diabetes.
Cardiovascular Diseases.
The Nutrition Transition in China: a New Stage of the Chinese Diet.
Trends in Under-and Overnutrition in Brazil.
Policy Implications.

Audience: 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...well written and informative...provides interesting information on nutrition with a global perspective in a readable and highly understandable presentation"
-E STREAMS (June 2003)

"It is intellectually honest to the core...should be read by human biologists, by epidemiologists, and policy and program community."
—Noel Soloman, Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment (CESSIAM), Guatemala (2002)

"...A multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary book written by true leaders in their respective fields."
—Ricardo Uauy, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile (2002)

From the Publisher
"...well written and informative...provides interesting information on nutrition with a global perspective in a readable and highly understandable presentation"
-E STREAMS (June 2003)

"It is intellectually honest to the core...should be read by human biologists, by epidemiologists, and policy and program community."
—Noel Soloman, Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment (CESSIAM), Guatemala (2002)

"...A multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary book written by true leaders in their respective fields."
—Ricardo Uauy, Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology, University of Chile (2002)

From The Critics
Rapidly occurring global changes in food production, distribution, and intake manifest a downside: an increase in nutrition-related disorders in developing countries (sometimes, obesity side-by-side with malnutrition). Editors Caballero (international health, pediatrics, human nutrition: Johns Hopkins University) and Popkin (nutrition, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) present 13 contributions exploring various facets of these complex issues. They discuss the global context—body size and productivity, demographic trends, and poverty, health, and globalization—as well as biological factors, including the impact of early nutrition deprivation on later risk of disease, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and some specific coverage of what's happening in China and in Brazil. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121536541
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 9/20/2002
  • Series: Food Science and Technology Series
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Caballero is Professor of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Professor of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University. He has over 20 years of experience as a scholar, researcher and leader in the area of child health and nutrition. He obtained his MD from the University of Buenos Aires and his PhD (in neuroendocrine regulation) from MIT. He started his faculty career at Harvard Medical School, and moved to Johns Hopkins in 1990 to found the Center for Human Nutrition.

Dr. Caballero is a recognized expert on the nutritional needs of children and adults, and on nutrient requirements in undernourished populations. For the past 10 years, he has focused on the problem of childhood obesity in the US and in developing countries, and explored the impact of dietary transition and globalization on health indicators. He is an active participant in key scientific committees advising the US government on issues of diet and health, including the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) Committee, the Expert Panel on Macronutrient Requirements, and the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee, and is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI).

Dr. Caballero is an active leader in the area of global health, specifically on diet, lifestyle and disease risk. He is Chairman of the Board of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation, in Washington, D.C., and member of the Board of Directors of the International Nutrition Foundation, in Boston, MA. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Centers of Excellence Network of the Global Health Initiative, National Institutes of Health. Recent awards include the Ancel Keys Prize for achievements in international public health and the Thompson-Beaudette Lectureship from Rutgers University. In 2011 he was named to the Spanish Academy of Nutritional Sciences.

Dr. Caballero is the author of over 150 scientific publications. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Food Sciences and Nutrition, a 10-volume work on food production, consumption and biological effects. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition, which received the Book of the Year Award from the British Medical Association. His Guide to Dietary Supplements summarizes the current scientific basis for the use of mineral and vitamin supplements. His book The Nutrition Transition: Diet and Disease in the Developing World explored the impact of demographic and economic development on diet- and lifestyle-related diseases in developing countries. His book Obesity in China summarizes research conducted in rural and urban China to track the impact of socioeconomic development on health outcomes. He is also co-editor of the most widely used textbook in human nutrition, Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease.

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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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